No partisan fight over cybersecurity bill, GOP senator says

A senior Republican senator on Thursday insisted there is no partisan dissent over the need for a strong national cybersecurity policy but added that a Democratic-backed cyber bill that is stalled in the Senate is not the answer.

In a blog post in , U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison noted that cybersecurity is a matter of "vital national importance" to both parties.

"Experts have long cited cyber-terrorism as one of the potentially most dangerous threats to national ," Hutchison said while noting the potentially "devastating" consequences of attacks against U.S. power grids, financial institutions and other targets. "The question is not whether we act to prevent such attacks, the question is how we act," she said in the blog.

Hutchison said a White House-backed bill called the Cybersecurity Act, authored by Sens. Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine), takes the wrong approach to addressing cyberthreats.

The bill calls for the creation of a national standard for securing critical cyber assets and would enable better threat-information sharing between private companies and government agencies. The proposed legislation is in Congress over Republican concerns that it would give the U.S. Department of Homeland Security too much control over cybersecurity matters while forcing private companies to adopt government prescribed standards.

Hutchison reiterated some of those concerns in her blog. The bill would provide "weak" legal liability protections for companies that want to cooperate with one another and "pre-determined government mandates would decide what cyber information should be shared by government," she said.