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Cybersecurity heating up again

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In a Senate Homeland Security Government Affairs Committee hearing yesterday, DHS Secretary Napolitano confirmed that an administration executive order covering  power plants, electric grid and other critical infrastructure is “close to completion.”

On Wednesday, Senator Jay Rockefeller sent a letter to the Fortune 500, which included Google Inc., Apple Inc., AT&T Inc., IBM Corp. and Exxon Mobil Corp., in order to hear directly from the companies about their views on cybersecurity “without the filter of beltway lobbyists.”

While cyber legislation is unlikely to pass in a lame duck session of Congress after the election, companies need to pay careful attention to additional regulation in an executive order and how they respond to Sen. Rockefeller’s letter.