As everyone is well aware, it is extremely difficult to get anything accomplished in Congress during an election year, and the Cybersecurity Act of 2012 is no exception. What you may be less aware of is that the longer we wait to act in shoring up our country’s cybersecurity vulnerabilities, the closer we are to a situation in which the United States’ potential enemies could leave the entire country without power, natural gas, water and other essential utilities. To explain why the Cybersecurity Act of 2012 failed and why something needs to be done soon, we bring in Stewart Baker—former general counsel of the National Security Agency, the first Assistant Secretary for Policy at the Department of Homeland Security and now partner at Steptoe & Johnson, where he’s an author on the Stepoe Cyberblog.