Cyberthreat Info Sharing Bill Passes Senate Panel’s Scrutiny; Dianne Feinstein Comments

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A bill that seeks to open public-private communication on cyber threat intelligence has passed the scrutiny of the Senate Intelligence Committee, GovInfo Security reported Tuesday.

Eric Chabrow writes the panel approved the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2014 by a 12-3 vote and included amendments that will be incorporated into the bill for introduction later in the week.

Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.), who co-wrote the bill with Committee Chairman Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), urged the Senate to pass the bill before it adjourns for the summer.

“To strengthen our networks, the government and private sector need to share information about attacks they are facing and how best to defend against them,” Feinstein said.

“This bill provides for that sharing through a purely voluntary process and with significant measures to protect private information,” she added.

The White House had threatened to veto the House version of the bill, which GovInfo Security noted does not address privacy, liability and antitrust issues that companies might face when they share confidential information or aid competitors.

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