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Experts urge stronger cyber regulation bill

WASHINGTON — Cybersecurity experts are urging senators to strengthen legislation that would give the government some ability to force critical industries to make their computer networks more secure.

Two leading experts are saying that loopholes in the bill could allow many companies to avoid regulation entirely or drag out the process for up to eight years before they’d have to actually improve their computer security.

The legislation would limit the number of industries subject to the regulations to those where a cyberattack could cause an extraordinary number of fatalities or a severe degradation of national security.

The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee is holding a hearing Thursday on the legislation. The experts’ warnings were laid out in testimony prepared for the hearing.

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