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Senators call for international policy on cybersecurity

Apr. 13, 2010 - 12:58PM   |  
By INES BEATRIX   |   Comments
Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass.
Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass. (GNS)

Two senators yesterday introduced a bill that seeks to build a multilateral framework to mitigate and respond to disrupting cyber attacks.

The bill, sponsored by Sens. John Kerry, D-Mass., and Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., would create an ambassador-rank coordinator position at the State Department that would advise the secretary of State on international cyberspace and cybersecurity issues. The coordinator would promote development of a strategy for international cyber engagement, including considering the utility of negotiating a multilateral framework that would provide internationally acceptable principles to mitigate cyberwarfare.

The bill was referred to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

"If we're going to protect our networks, our infrastructure, our economy and our families, we have to go after cyber criminals wherever they may be and it must be an international effort," Gillibrand said.

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