CNET, Aug 28, 2009:
"[Bill would] permit the president to seize temporary control of private-sector networks during a so-called cybersecurity." emergency.
"The new version [of a bill winding thru the US Senate--S.773 (excerpt)] would allow the president to "declare a cybersecurity emergency" relating to "non-governmental" computer networks and do what's necessary to respond to the threat."
It would also set up a "cybersecurity professionals" certification and require some private-sector servers to be managed by someone with the certification.
Industry players are "troubled," the article says.
"Sen. Jay Rockefeller, a West Virginia Democrat and chairman of the Senate Commerce committee, and Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) introduced the original bill in April, they claimed it was vital to protect national cybersecurity. 'We must protect our critical infrastructure at all costs--from our water to our electricity, to banking, traffic lights and electronic health records,'Rockefeller said.