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Harry Reid Says He Will Revisit Cybersecurity Legislation in Lame Duck

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Thursday night in New York City, Panetta told the Business Executives for National Security that additional power is needed to prevent damage from an attack on cyber-infrastructure, even if identified in advance. He pushed for the cybersecurity overhaul package supported by Reid.

“This legislation has bipartisan support, but is victim to legislative and political gridlock like so much else in Washington.  That frankly is unacceptable and it should be unacceptable not just to me, but to you and to anyone concerned with safeguarding our national security, Panetta said. “While we wait for Congress to act, the administration is looking to enhance cybersecurity measures under existing authorities, by working with the private sector to promote best practices, increase information sharing.”

Correction: Oct. 14, 2012

An earlier version of this story misstated the day that Defense Secretary Leon Panetta spoke to the Business Executives for National Security. It was Thursday.

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