Michael McCaul: House Cyber Info Sharing Bill to Include New Liability Protections

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CyberStockRep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas) has said lawmakers are preparing a new bill to provide liability protections for private companies that share sensitive cyber-related information with the government, Federal News Radio reported Tuesday.

Sean McCalley writes that McCaul, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, aims to build on previous measures to bolster cyber information-sharing efforts.

“We need to create legal, safe harbors for companies to be able to exchange threat information without fear of being sued,” McCaul told reporters at a Center for Strategic and International Studies event.

McCaul is also working on developing other information-sharing standards with the House Judiciary Committee, the report said.

Sean Lyngaas of FCW reports McCaul also said the Department of Homeland Security‘s National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center would help to coordinate cyber threat information exchanges with the private sector but not expand government surveillance.

“[NCCIC] is not a cyber regulator. It cannot prosecute you, and it is not a spy agency,” McCaul said.

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