Partisan bickering surrounding a bill aimed at protecting the nation's critical IT infrastructure is the likely reason the measure will not come up for a vote in the lower chamber this week, as representatives debate four other cybersecurity bills.
Rep. Dan Lungren introduced an amendment to his onetime bipartisan cybersecurity bill that won only the backing of fellow Republicans with Democratic members of the House Homeland Security Committee objecting to the changes.
One problem tracking IT security employment is the dearth of information. Even the most trustworthy organization in collecting employment data, the Bureau of Labor Statistics, furnishes infosec data it cautions aren't reliable.
The White House Office of Management and Budget, in its yearly Federal Information Security Management Act report to Congress, gives departments and agencies mixed grades in their efforts to secure federal IT for fiscal year 2011.
Cybersecurity Act sponsors intensify their campaign to enact the legislation that would change the way the government protects critical federal and private-sector IT networks as a group of key Republican senators offers an alternative bill.