Jonathan Cogley is founder and CEO of Thycotic Software, a leading Washington, D.C. security software firm. Follow the company @Thycotic.
In August, the Senate voted down the Cybersecurity Act of 2012 with a vote of 52-46, just shy of the 60 votes it needed to pass. The bill was an effort to ensure hackers couldn’t gain access to the computer networks of private companies. It would have also made it easier for private businesses to share critical data and information with the government regarding cyber threats.
The types of businesses that would have been affected by the bill included any that contained “critical infrastructure,” which means that access to the company’s assets could lead to the halt of life-sustaining services (such as food, energy or water), widespread economic damage, or the degradation of national security capabilities in general.
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