Landmark Cybersecurity Could Reach Senate Floor Soon

Posted October 9, 2015 at 5:00am

“Be­fore the Sen­ate ad­journed for the sum­mer work peri­od, law­makers agreed to bring up the Cy­ber­threat In­form­a­tion Shar­ing Act, or CISA, after they re­turned to Wash­ing­ton in Septem­ber,” according to Defense One .  

“The bill has been await­ing Sen­ate Ma­jor­ity Lead­er Mitch Mc­Con­nell’s green light to re­turn to the floor since then but was put aside in favor of oth­er press­ing is­sues like budget ne­go­ti­ations and Pres­id­ent Obama’s nuc­le­ar deal with Ir­an… The bill would set up in­cent­ives for the private sec­tor to share cy­ber­threat in­form­a­tion with oth­er com­pan­ies and with the gov­ern­ment, which sup­port­ers say will boost cy­ber­se­cur­ity for all in­volved. Pri­vacy ad­voc­ates have cri­ti­cized the bill, however, for what they see as lax pro­tec­tions for per­son­al data.”  

“A spokes­man for Mc­Con­nell said Tues­day that CISA re­mains a priority but did not con­firm its return to the floor, be­cause the week’s sched­ule has not yet been re­leased. Burr said the only hurdle in the way of CISA is the de­fense au­thor­iz­a­tion bill.”