Senate Cybersecurity Bill Could Reach Vote by March

Posted on Mar 09, 2015

The U.S. Senate's cybersecurity bill has been noted as a major priority for lawmakers, but the development of the rules found within is causing a pushback by some legislators. Political news website The Hill pointed out that a fast track of sorts has been created for the bill - which has been viewed as a priority by many of its backers - and a vote could come as early as March. While April was cited as a more likely time for the bill to be presented to the Senate, the speed with which the document was created is impressive on a legislative timeline. It's even more notable considering that the final version of the bill hasn't yet been completed.

"The main thrust of the proposed legislation is the sharing of information between private businesses and the federal government."

A recent cybersecurity bill has attracted mixed reactions

A higher level of collaboration
The main thrust of the proposed legislation introduced by the Senate Intelligence Committee is to encourage, promote and make easier the sharing of relevant cybersecurity information between private businesses and the federal government. This type of collaboration has been called for on both sides of the aisle, with President Obama's February summit on Internet security including a statement strongly supporting an increased level of interaction and information sharing. However, there are some issues with the bill, including a lack of support from some parts of the government.

Disagreement from some
The Hill noted that the White House, despite supporting many of the driving ideas behind the document, won't support it because of concerns over privacy regulations expected to be included in it. One major source of opposition is that the current legislation, drafted by a small bipartisan group and based on a previous bill, would involve the recently embattled National Security Agency in the exchange of information. An alternate approach advocated by the White House would instead use the Department of Homeland Security, a civilian organization, to facilitate the communication of cyberthreat information and related data. The Wall Street Journal reported that the bill's provisional text was circulated among Senate Democrats, with many deciding not to support the bill due to the association with and involvement of the NSA.

Companies need strong cybersecurity rules and platforms
Keeping sensitive information safe and improving cybersecurity protocols are near-universal concerns for businesses. No matter the final course of the legislation, there are still plenty of aspects of protection for which companies will be directly responsible. NC4 Mission Center provides the necessary system for increasing security, providing the right tools and empowering users to create a safer and more compliant environment.

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