Democratic politicians are proposing a novel approach to cybersecurity: fine technology companies $100,000 a day unless they comply with directives imposed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Legislation introduced this week would allow DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano to levy those and other civil penalties on noncompliant companies that the government deems "critical," a broad term that could sweep in Web firms, broadband providers, and even software companies and search engines.

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Experts examine the role of technology in promoting democracy Laptops, personal digital assistants, and iPhones were a ubiquitous and fitting presence at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum on Wednesday (March 10 2010).

New cuber security BillHouse cybersecurity overhaul included in Defense authorization bill. An amendment to the Defense authorization bill, expected to pass in the House on Friday, would push through committee efforts to update information security requirements for agencies and establish a separate cybersecurity office in the White House.

Rock your Boss CSOs and CISOs should target executive-level management with specially tailored messages that prompt strongly motivated buy-in, even using a bit of fear if necessary, said a panel of state security officials and consultants.