Today, the House of Representatives renewed its work on cybersecurity with a series of votes on bipartisan proposals to enhance and improve U.S. cyber defenses. At the heart of this debate is the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA), offered by the Republican and Democratic leaders of the House Intelligence Committee -- Chairman Mike Rogers of Michigan and Ranking Member C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger of Maryland.
CISPA is an innovation-first cybersecurity policy approach that will best protect the nation’s citizens, economy, and security. At its core, the legislation establishes a more effective cyber threat information sharing approach that breaks down the barriers to industry-government communication, protects personal privacy, and avoids an inflexible and overbearing approach that could decrease, not increase, security.
The vote on CISPA is essential to a more robust cybersecurity network for U.S. citizens, businesses, and government alike. It is so critical that ITI has informed the House bipartisan leadership that the vote on final passage could be a part of the tech sector’s rankings of members’ votes.
The tech sector has long defended America’s cyberspace, and will continue to lead efforts to develop a robust, innovative cyber shield. Through our products, practices, R&D, and partnership with government, the tech sector has provided leadership, resources, innovation, and stewardship in every aspect of cybersecurity for more than a decade. We’ll continue to work to strengthen America’s protections with effective, innovative strategies that rely on rapid response by companies and the federal government to threats in real time. House approval of CISPA would accelerate the overall effort to strengthen cyber protections for our country’s national security and our citizens’ personal security.