Bill Protects Firms Sharing Threat Data

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 @ 10:02 AM gHale

There is a stronger movement afoot to foster a greater trust between the government and the private sector when it comes to sharing threat information. The trust is slow and evolving, but one senator wants to push it forward just a bit more.

Democratic Sen. Tom Carper of Delaware introduced a bill last week that would grant liability protections to companies sharing cyber threat data with the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center and Department of Homeland Security.

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The bill, titled The Cyber Threat Sharing Act of 2015, would encourage cooperation between U.S. companies and federal agencies to report hacking or other Internet threats. Under the legislation, the federal government agencies would have limits on how it could use any threat data it receives and be accountable for how that information ends up used.

Congress will also be able to reexamine the bill’s effectiveness for five years after it ends up enacted to ensure the legislation is effectively protecting civil liberties.

“One of our top priorities in Congress must be to promote the sharing of cyber threat data among the private sector and the federal government to defend against cyber-attacks and encourage better coordination,” Carper said in a statement.



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