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CRS Report Compares House, Senate Cyber Info Sharing Bills

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cyberFive bills introduced into the 114th Congress seek to increase public-private information sharing efforts to protect computing systems and data against hackers, according to a Congressional Research Service report.

CRS said June 12 the House has passed the Protecting Cyber Networks Act and the National Cybersecurity Protection Advancement Act, while the Senate sought to attach the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act to the 2016 defense authorization bill.

CRS explained that the bills contain provisions about the cybersecurity roles of federal agencies, threat exchange processes, civil liberty and privacy protections and reporting requirements.

House members passed the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act before the close of the 113th Congress and then reintroduced the legislation in an unamended form.

Senators also developed the Cyber Threat Sharing Act, which CRS says is similar to cybersecurity legislation proposed by the White House.

CRS believes information sharing is just one of several methods for organizations to ward off cyber threats.

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