The prospect of new legislation to facilitate cybersecurity information sharing between government and businesses saw potential progress this week from lawmakers in both chambers of Congress.
House Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul told a CSIS audience this week a group of legislators are preparing a new bill that contains liability protections he believes can help private companies share cyber intelligence with the federal government.
“We need to create legal, safe harbors for companies to be able to exchange threat information without fear of being sued,” McCaul said Center for Strategic and International Studies event.
Also this week, the Senate Intelligence Committee approved the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act that would authorize the government to share cyber intelligence with businesses in the event of an attack.
A full floor vote on that bill could take place in April, Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr said.
The Potomac Officers Club hosted its “2015 Cyber Summit” Thursday for leaders at the intersection of the public and private sectors to discuss how both sides could work together to handle issues such as nation-state actors and defense of intellectual property.
Gov. Terry McAuliffe delivered the keynote address to kick off the half-day forum, which also hosted executives from GovCon industry and the federal government that gave the audience an insider’s perspective on federal cybersecurity and the status of policies and programs at agencies.
POC’s 2015 Cyber Summit also featured panel discussions with participants that hold cyber and technology-related experience from both industry and government, as well as questions directly offered by the GovCon executive audience to their peers on stage.
Click here to read GovCon Wire’s full recap of the summit.
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