This post was also written by Amy Mushahwar.
Since three cyber security bills passed the House in April (H.R.2096, H.R.3523, and H.R.3834), all eyes have been on Washington for cyber security developments in the Senate. This past week there were several. The week began with a hearing on Tuesday, July 17, by the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources “to examine the status of action taken to ensure that the electric grid is protected from cyber attacks,” inviting witnesses from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the Government Accountability Office (GAO), North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), and the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio. On Thursday morning, an editorial from President Obama appeared in the Wall Street Journal urging the Senate to pass a cyber security compromise bill. Then, late on Thursday, Sen. Lieberman released the text of a compromise proposal. Please click here to read the issued Client Alert.
Research and drafting assistance for this post was provided by Reed Smith Legal Intern Rachael E. Pashkevich.