(The Hosting News) – A Senate sponsored bill, proposed by Joe Lieberman, Chairman of the Homeland Security committee, would grant President Obama emergency powers to seize control of portions of the Internet. This control would include the ability to completely shut down portions of the Internet by seizing private networks.
According to the Bill, the president would have the authority to shut down portions of the Internet and requiring broadband providers, software firms and search engine companies to comply or be fined.
Many companies are not taking this lightly and consider this to be an unnecessary “kill switch” in the hands of the government. Proposals include federal certification programs for “cybersecurity professionals” and require larger data centers to have these “professionals” on staff.
Based on a previously submitted proposal, the revised Bill only comes up short on “wireless surveillance” which at least prevents the government from ordering broadband providers and companies from conducting unauthorized surveillance of Americans.
Lieberman, along with Senators Jay Rockerfeller and Olympia Snowe, consider this a top priority to protect the economic, national and public security from “cyber-warrriors and cyber-spies”. This proposal would also extend the power of Homeland Security and other Government defense departments. The new National Center for Cybersecurity and Communications (NCCC), under the direction of Homeland Security, would be able to monitor the security status of websites and require companies to participate in information sharing.