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Senate OKs Bill to Encourage Govt-Industry Cyber Threat Data Sharing

cybersecurityThe Senate voted 74-21 Tuesday in favor of legislation to encourage sharing of cyber attack information between companies and federal civilian agencies, the Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday.

John McKinnon writes the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act seeks to address privacy concerns by requiring businesses to exclude personal customer records from the data they will share with the government.

The bill would also prohibit agencies to use shared data for non-cyber crime investigations, according to the newspaper.

The New York Times reported a congressional conference committee will meet to reconcile CISA with the House’s Protecting Cyber Networks Act and National Cybersecurity Protection Advancement Act.

Like CISA, the two House bills call for the establishment of a platform for public and private organizations to exchange cybersecurity methods, attackers’ code and risk warnings, according to the story by David Sanger and Nicole Perlroth.

Both House bills would also give companies protection from liability when they share certain types of cyber-related data, the report said.

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