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CISPA Will Improve U.S. Cybersecurity

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The U.S. House of Representatives will have an opportunity next week to pass a critically important cybersecurity bill. The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (H.R. 3523) is sponsored by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers, a Republican from Michigan, and Ranking Member C.A. "Dutch" Ruppersberger, a Democrat from Maryland. This bill is supported by more than 100 of their colleagues.

The business community has embraced H.R. 3523 because it seeks to answer a basic question—How can lawmakers help companies protect their computers and networks against global cybersecurity threats? This bill would make limited and practical changes to policy. It would establish an information-sharing framework that is voluntary and imposes no new federal mandates on private citizens or business entities.

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The Rogers-Ruppersberger bill would guard Americans' privacy by prohibiting the government from forcing private companies to hand over personal information while encouraging companies to anonymize the information that they do share with appropriate entities.

Most important, the Rogers-Ruppersberger bill would address head-on the needs of companies to receive targeted information to protect their computer networks and customers' personal data. Business owners and managers need timely and actionable information so that they can beat back advanced and sophisticated attacks coming from organized criminal gangs and foreign governments. Likewise, voluntary information-sharing with federal partners, such as the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, would improve the government's ability to protect itself and the business community against foreign cyberthreats.

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H.R. 3523 would help tip the scales in businesses' favor against online raiders who seek to steal private information or potentially disrupt infrastructure networks.

In addition, the bill would give businesses certainty that cybersecurity information shared with the government would be provided safe harbor and not lead to frivolous lawsuits, among other protections.

Reps. Rogers and Ruppersberger deserve praise for crafting their bill in a bipartisan and open manner. H.R. 3523 is a positive, nonregulatory bill that would help the nation chart a path forward on cybersecurity. In short, we need to get serious and pass the Rogers-Ruppersberger bill.

Matthew Eggers

About Matthew Eggers Senior Director of National Security and Emergency Preparedness for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce


Other Arguments

215 Pts
CISPA Is Dangerously Vague

No – CISPA Is Dangerously Vague

Rainey Reitman Activism Director for the Electronic Frontier Foundation

188 Pts
CISPA Not the Right Way to Achieve Cybersecurity

No – CISPA Not the Right Way to Achieve Cybersecurity

Kendall Burman Senior National Security Fellow at the Center for Democracy & Technology

159 Pts
CISPA Lacks Protections for Individual Rights

No – CISPA Lacks Protections for Individual Rights

Sharon Bradford Franklin Senior Counsel at the Constitution Project

-142 Pts
CISPA Effectively Addresses Threat of Cybercrime

Yes – CISPA Effectively Addresses Threat of Cybercrime

Cordell Carter Vice President of the Business Roundtable.

-142 Pts
CISPA Is a Model of Bipartisan Legislating

Yes – CISPA Is a Model of Bipartisan Legislating

James K. Conzelman President & CEO of The Ripon Society.

-144 Pts
Mike Rogers: CISPA Defends America From Internet Predators

Yes – Mike Rogers: CISPA Defends America From Internet Predators

Mike Rogers Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence

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