This week the House of Representatives will consider two cybersecurity threat information sharing bills on the floor: the Protecting Cyber Networks Act (H.R. 1560), and the National Cybersecurity Protection Advancement Act (H.R. 1731). We commend the House for its action in this area, and ITI will consider scoring votes in support of both bills in our 114th Congressional Voting Guide.
As the leading voice of the tech sector, the Information Technology Industry Council (ITI) welcomes congressional action on cybersecurity threat information sharing legislation, which is an important step that will help to increase voluntary cybersecurity threat information sharing between the private sector and the federal government as well as within the private sector.
Earlier in March, ITI laid out the key elements our industry considers to be essential components for effective information sharing legislation, some of which include:
- Offer targeted liability protections.
- Improve multidirectional sharing and timeliness.
- Ensure cyber threat information sharing remains voluntary; and,
- Include robust privacy protections.
Sharing is a tool to recognize and address threats. The end goal should be to enact policies that further enable all stakeholders, private sector and government, to share this highly technical information in order to more effectively protect and defend their networks. As the process advances, we look forward to continuing to work with lawmakers in both the House and Senate to pass a final bill that will reach our shared goal of greater cybersecurity.