OP-ED: Intel-Sharing Bill is a Big Step Forward

Apr 26, 2012

The U.S. Chamber's Bruce Josten has an op-ed in the Hill highlighting the business need for "limited and practical changes" to cybersecurity policy. 

He writes: 

Businesses are intensely focused on guarding their operations from interruption and exploitation, preventing the loss of capital and proprietary information, and protecting public safety. They devote vast resources to successfully maintaining their operations in the wake of a natural hazard or man-made threat, such as cyber espionage. Today, economic security is national security, and the government can do more to help the private sector protect itself while not tying the hands of owners and operators in red tape...

...The House is positioned to pass a bill that would chart a sensible course to greater cybersecurity. The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, sponsored by Reps. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) and Dutch Ruppersberger (D-Md.), has more than 100 co-sponsors. The business community has also embraced the Rogers-Ruppersberger bill because it seeks to answer a fundamental question: How can policymakers truly help companies protect their computers and networks against global cybersecurity threats? The U.S. Chamber believes that this legislation would help tip the scales in businesses’ favor against online raiders who seek to steal trade secrets or potentially disrupt infrastructure networks.

This bill would make limited and practical changes to policy — far from creating a “Wild West” of cyber information-sharing, as some claim. It would establish an information-sharing framework that is strictly voluntary and would impose no new federal mandates on private citizens or business entities. Further, this legislation contains an “anti-tasking” provision that would guard Americans’ privacy by prohibiting the government from compelling private companies to hand over personal information. The bill would encourage companies to anonymize and minimize the information that they do share with appropriate entities. Indeed, a central purpose of this bill is to ensure the security and resilience of a computer system or network, rather than collect and monitor personal information...

...The House has a special opportunity to take a major step on cybersecurity by removing legal roadblocks that prevent the private sector and government from sharing cyber threat information. The Rogers-Ruppersberger bill would give businesses critical tools to enhance security and to better succeed in a tough global economy.

Read the rest of the op-ed here

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