Cybersecurity plans and legislation

Eric Vanderburg

Last month, Senator John D. Rockefeller IV, Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, sent the following questions to the CEO’s of Fortune 500 companies:

  1. Has your company adopted a set of best practices to address its own cybersecurity needs?
  2. If so, how were these cybersecurity practices developed?
  3. Were they developed by the company solely, or were they developed outside the company? If developed outside the company, please list the institution, association, or entity that developed them.
  4. When were these cybersecurity practices developed? How frequently have they been updated? Does your company’s board of directors or audit committee keep abreast of developments regarding the development and implementation of these practices?
  5. Has the federal government played any role, whether advisory or otherwise, in the development of these cybersecurity practices?
  6. What are your concerns, if any, with a voluntary program that enables the federal government and the private sector to develop, in coordination, best cybersecurity practices for companies to adopt as they so choose, as outlined in the Cybersecurity Act of 2012?
  7. What are your concerns, if any, with the federal government conducting risk assessments, in coordination with the private sector, to best understand where our nation’s cyber vulnerabilities are, as outlined in the Cybersecurity Act of 2012?
  8. What are your concerns, if any, with the federal government determining, in coordination with the private sector, the country’s most critical cyber infrastructure, as outlined in the Cybersecurity Act of 2012?”

So, how would you answer these questions?

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