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House Subpanel Clears Bill to Create Nonprofit Cyber Sharing Organization

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A House subcommittee cleared a bill last week that would create nonprofit organization to promote information sharing across the public and private sectors, Federal News Radio reports.

Bill sponsor Rep. Dan Lungren (R-Calif.) said the bill makes the Department of Homeland Security the focal point for protecting federal networks and private sector-owned critical infrastructure.

Lungren is chairman of the House Homeland Security subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection and Security Technologies.

Under the proposed legislation, the National Information Sharing Organization would facilitate the sharing of cybersecurity and infrastructure protection between the federal government and the private sector.

Lungren told Federal News Radio NISO would establish trust between the private sector and the government.

Lungren also said the government would provide funds for NISO’s first three years, then participants would contribute to the center’s funding.

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