New Bill Urges U.S. Intelligence Agencies to Share Cyber Threat Info with Private Sector
December 1, 2011 1:04 PM
comment(s) - last by
The White House is concerned about the government's "ability to protect citizens" if this bill were to be signed into law
Members of the U.S. House intelligence committee have proposed a bill that would allow private firms to receive
cyber threat-related information
from government agencies such as the National Security Agency (NSA).
The legislation was proposed Wednesday by Representative Mike Rogers, Republican chairman of the U.S. House intelligence committee, and Representative C.A. "Dutch" Ruppersberger, the committee's senior Democrat.
The bill intends to allow the sharing of classified threat information with defense contractors and internet service providers (ISPs). This would require spy and intelligence agencies to tell ISPs, for example, what types of threats they've identified so that the ISPs can block traffic that contains that particular signature.
In addition, the bill would protect firms who relay cyber threat information to the government from "frivolous" lawsuits.
This bill addresses complaints from ISPs and other private firms regarding the government's lack of information about cyber threats, even though the private sector has informed the government about such threats.
Over the past year alone, many companies and government entities have been hit by cyber attacks such as U.S. defense contractor Lockheed Martin Corp., Citigroup, the Pentagon, and Google.
"Our intelligence agencies collect important information overseas about
advanced foreign cyber threats
that could dramatically assist the private sector," said Rogers. "The government needs to be able to share this threat intelligence so that the private sector can protect its own networks.
"We will have a catastrophic attack within the next year, whether it's attacking a banking system, a grid system, this is going to happen and we have to make sure that we protect ourselves."
The White House is currently reviewing the bill. It cited concerns about the government's "ability to protect citizens" if this bill were to be signed into law because sensitive information would be released and could land into the wrong hands. This could potentially hold corporations accountable.
The new bill echoes the ideas of former CIA/NSA head Michael Hayden, who said that cyber security threats are
back in October.
This article is over a month old, voting and posting comments is disabled
RE: Does this bill have a name?
12/1/2011 2:24:04 PM
I agree, but you could have used some decorum in your response. How about just simply asking for the name? Bad form sir, bad form.
"And boy have we patented it!" -- Steve Jobs, Macworld 2007
U.S. Government Still Stumbling Through Changing Cyber Matters
October 19, 2011, 8:29 AM
Former CIA/NSA Head: Cyber Security Threats "Horribly Over-Classified"
October 7, 2011, 11:35 AM
War 2.0: China Suspected in Massive Cyberattack on U.N., U.S. Gov't, and More
August 3, 2011, 3:50 PM
Twitter Senior VP: "Diversity is Important, But We Can’t Lower the Bar"
November 9, 2015, 9:59 AM
CNN Resorts to Internet Censorship to Promote Clinton Over Senator Sanders
October 15, 2015, 2:47 PM
Breaking Bad: How to Crash Google's Chrome Browser With Just 8 Characters
September 23, 2015, 11:08 AM
Quick Note: Amazon UK Offers £10 Back on Any Order £50 or Over
August 3, 2015, 12:05 PM
Editorial: Reddit Allows Itself to be Hijacked as a Hate Platform For Racist Bigots
July 21, 2015, 6:32 PM
Mozilla and Facebook to Adobe: It's Time to Kill Flash
July 20, 2015, 6:30 PM
Latest Blog Posts
Sceptre Airs 27", 120 Hz. 1080p Monitor/HDTV w/ 5 ms Response Time for $220
Dec 3, 2014, 10:32 PM
Costco Gives Employees Thanksgiving Off; Wal-Mart Leads "Black Thursday" Charge
Oct 29, 2014, 9:57 PM
"Bear Selfies" Fad Could Turn Deadly, Warn Nevada Wildlife Officials
Oct 28, 2014, 12:00 PM
The Surface Mini That Was Never Released Gets "Hands On" Treatment
Sep 26, 2014, 8:22 AM
ISIS Imposes Ban on Teaching Evolution in Iraq
Sep 17, 2014, 5:22 PM
More Blog Posts
Copyright 2016 DailyTech LLC. -
Terms, Conditions & Privacy Information