Senate intelligence panel approves cyber bill

March 13, 2015

The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence on March 13 advanced a cybersecurity information-sharing bill by a vote of 14-1. The bill is Congress’ latest attempt to find a way to give private-sector network operators liability protection when they share cyberthreat information with government.

The Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015 was marked up and amendments added during a closed session of the committee, but it’s not clear yet how the bill passed in committee measures up with the discussion drafts. According to the committee, the bill gives the private sector incentives to cooperate with governmental cyber defenders via a portal set up by the Department of Homeland Security.



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