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Rep. James Langevin: Public-Private Partnership Needed on Cybersecurity

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Rep. James Langevin (D-R.I.) this week told an audience at the Brookings Institute that a public-private partnership is necessary due to combat the ongoing threat of cyber attacks. He said the partnership would include tax credits and liability protection.

Fiercegovernmentit.com reported the co-founder of the Congressional Cybersecurity Caucus said he favors an information sharing model, creation of a dot-secure domain for critical infrastructure providers, an increased role for the insurance in promoting private sector cybersecurity, tax incentives and possibly liability protection.

Langevin added a White House cybersecurity director should be created, as the current cybersecurity czar has little authority to make changes. He also thought a classification system for cybersecurity information would hurt the cause rather than help.

“We have a classification system that is based on potential damage to national security, but in cybersecurity often times this reactionary thinking is backwards,” he said according to the report.

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