S. 413 – Cybersecurity and Internet Freedom Act of 2011

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The US Cybersecurity and Internet Freedom Act amends the Homeland Security Act of 2002 and other laws to enhance the security and resilience of cyber communications infrastructure of the US. To do so, it molds a new role for CISOs, who would oversee the management of agencies’ security operations centers.

The Bill establishes a White House Office of Cyberspace Policy with a Senate-confirmed director who would have influence over agencies’ IT security budgets.  There is also a focus on real-time monitoring of government IT systems, and a shift away from paper compliance mandated by FISMA. It prohibits the president from employing a ‘kill switch’ to turn off the Internet in case of a severe cyber attack.

Subject areas

  • Government Operations and Politics
  • Administrative law and regulatory procedures
  • Advisory bodies
  • Computer security and identity theft
  • Congressional oversight
  • Criminal justice information and records
  • Department of Homeland Security
  • Emergency communications systems
  • Emergency planning and evacuation
  • Executive Office of the President


Sen. Joseph Lieberman (CT)


On February 17, 2011, the bill was introduced and referred to the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.  The hearing was held on May 23, 2011

Text of the Bill


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