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FCW: Congress Includes Cyber Info Sharing Bill in Omnibus Package

cybersecurityCongress introduced an omnibus appropriations package that includes the proposed Cy­ber­security Inform­a­tion Shar­ing Act, FCW reported Wednesday.

“The agreement in the omnibus maintains Senate language on use of a Department of Homeland Security portal to share information,” said Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), who co-authored CISA with Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr (R-N.C.).

Sean Lyngaas writes Chris Cummiskey, former acting undersecretary of management at DHS, told FCW that the cyber measure would establish DHS as the primary government agency to receive and share cyber vulnerability-related data with the private sector.

“Congress also seems to have added language that gives the president the option of designating a lead agency other than DHS if circumstances arise,” Cummiskey noted.

“This tells me DHS has very little margin for error in delivering meaningful results.”

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