House Republicans' cyber bill promotes information sharing


Two Republican congresswomen introduced a cybersecurity bill this week that promotes information sharing and aligns closely with legislation sponsored by Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.

Reps. Mary Bono Mack, R-Calif., and Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., introduced the 2012 Strengthening and Enhancing Cybersecurity by Using Research, Education, Information, and Technology Act (SECURE IT), H.R. 4263, on Tuesday.

The bill would provide “explicit authorization for the private sector to defend its own networks and voluntarily share cyber threat information within the private sector and with the government – without the legal barriers that currently exists,” acorrding to a news release.

Other measures include:

– Stiffer penalities for cyber criminals who hack into servers and steal personal information like credit card numbers and government documents.

 – Better security of federal networks through reforms to the 2002 Federal Information Security Management Act.

– Advancement of cybersecurity research.


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