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Cybersecurity Bill Urges Public-Private Partnerships; Michael McCaul Comments

US department of homeland securityThe House Homeland Security Committee passed legislation urging collaboration between the public and private sectors in responding to cyber threats and protecting critical infrastructure, Federal Times reported Friday.

Andy Medici writes the National Cybersecurity and Critical Infrastructure Protection Act of 2013 includes liability protections for private agencies that voluntarily cooperate on cybersecurity measures, cross-industry information sharing on cyber threats and cyber-incident response teams to support critical infrastructure owners.

Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas), the committee’s chairman, said it “establishes equal cybersecurity partnerships between private industry and DHS” while taking civil liberties into account.

The bill does not give additional authority to the Department of Homeland Security, reports Medici.

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