After a long delay, with a vote of 74 to 21, the United States Senate passed the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA) on October 27, 2015.
The bill has been touted as being controversial and is opposed by privacy advocates, some tech companies and several Senate Republicans as it “would grant legal immunity to companies who in sharing information actually violate your privacy.”
On the other hand, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and dozens of business entities and groups support the bill, which gives companies a safe harbor from liability if they share cybersecurity incidents and cyber intrusion information with each other and the government. The bill paves the way for companies and the government to share critical information that will assist in combating cyber-attacks against U.S. companies and the government.
The measure now moves to the House for reconciliation before it can hit President Obama’s desk for signature. It is nice to see both sides of the Senate working together to pass crucial cybersecurity legislation.