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Mike McConnell: Gov’t Could Further Cyber Intell Sharing Effort through Incentives

cybersecurityMike McConnell, former national intelligence director and current vice chairman of Booz Allen Hamilton, believes the government could convince the private sector to share cyber intelligence through litigation immunity, FCW reported Thursday.

Reid Davenport writes McConnell told a law discussion at Georgetown University that both comprehensive laws and international accord are needed in order to protect commerce and trade on the Internet.

McConnell also urged the government and public sector to share more cyber threat data.

“A company reports a breach and there seems to be almost a presumption immediately by the media, by regulators and to some degree by Congress that the company was negligent,” Jason Weinstein, lawyer and partner at Steptoe & Johnson, told FCW.

“Instead of being guilty until proven innocent, they’re negligent until proven reasonable,” Weinstein added.

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