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White House Updates Govt-Industry Cyber Info Sharing Proposal

CyberStockThe White House has updated its proposal for legislation to promote the sharing of information on cybersecurity threats between government and industry in an effort to increase collaborations between the public and private sectors.

Under this proposal released Tuesday, the White House says that bill would also encourage the development of information sharing and analysis organizations that would be led by the private sector.

Title 6, Chapter 1 of the U.S. Code describes those organizations as “any formal or informal entity or collaboration created or employed by public or private sector organizations” that gathers and analyzes critical information to understand security problems related to that infrastructure and protected systems.

That section of the U.S. code says the organizations also communicate and release critical infrastructure information to respond to problems and ensure its members and public sector agencies receive that information.

The White House’s proposal also aims to foster information sharing between private businesses and the Department of Homeland Security’s National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center, who would be responsible for sharing that information with other federal agencies and the information sharing and analysis organizations.

Liability protection for companies that share information is also included in the legislative proposal, the White House says.

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