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Controversial Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act Passes in Senate

This week, the Senate passed a cybersecurity bill, called the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015 (the “CISA”), by a vote of 74 to 21. With the Senate’s vote, the bill is one step closer to becoming law.

The CISA authorizes the Director of National Intelligence, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Defense, and the Department of Justice to develop procedures to promote the following:

  • the timely sharing of classified and declassified cyber threat indicators in possession of the federal government with private entities, non-federal government agencies, or state, tribal, or local governments;
  • the sharing of unclassified indicators with the public; and
  • the sharing of cybersecurity threats with entities to prevent or mitigate adverse effects.

In essence, the bill is designed to help companies and the government share information about the latest cybersecurity threats. Continue Reading