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Mike Rogers: CISPA Defends America From Internet Predators

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The Internet embodies American principles—unconstrained ingenuity and relentless progress are unleashed when people and businesses are free to share their thoughts and ideas. It fuels our economy and the innovation that makes America a global leader. But dangerous economic predators, including nation-states like China, use the Internet to steal valuable information from American companies and unfairly compete with our economy. The cost is staggering. Years of effort and billions of dollars in research and development, strategic business plans, communications, and other sensitive data—all are lost in seconds. The victims span all sectors of our economy, from small businesses to large pharmaceutical, biotech, defense, and IT corporations. Additionally, our industrial control systems, utilities networks, and critical infrastructure are at risk of sabotage.

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We must all work together, government and private sector, to defend America against these predators, and we must do it in a way that does not compromise our core principles. The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act allows us to take that first critical step of sharing information in a way that is effective but still protects our civil liberties. The bill allows the government's best cyber-resources, our intelligence, Homeland Security, and defense professionals, to share cyberthreat information with the private sector, and the private sector to voluntarily share threat information with both the government and peers in industry. Most importantly, under the bill, information sharing by the private sector is voluntary, with strong controls to ensure that personal information is protected. It allows only information directly pertaining to threats or vulnerabilities to be shared for the explicit purpose of protecting systems and networks from such threats, and it allows those in the private sector to minimize or anonymize the information shared based on their own determination of what is minimally necessary to address those threats. The bill also strictly limits the government: It cannot demand any cyberthreat information from the private sector, or withhold government information to force the private sector to share information. Moreover, information shared by the private sector must be protected from disclosure and can be used only for cyber- or national-security purposes.

At the end of the day, the Rogers-Ruppersberger bill enables the federal government to share cyberthreat information with those in the private sector so they can protect their networks. The bill works because it hinges on the basic American principles of freedom, teamwork, and putting power in the hands of the private sector, not the government.

Mike Rogers

About Mike Rogers Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence

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Other Arguments

#1
210 Pts
CISPA Is Dangerously Vague

No – CISPA Is Dangerously Vague

Rainey Reitman Activism Director for the Electronic Frontier Foundation

#2
182 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

#3
154 Pts
CISPA Lacks Protections for Individual Rights

No – CISPA Lacks Protections for Individual Rights

Sharon Bradford Franklin Senior Counsel at the Constitution Project

#4
-126 Pts
CISPA Will Improve U.S. Cybersecurity

Yes – CISPA Will Improve U.S. Cybersecurity

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

#5
-138 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.

#6
-138 Pts
CISPA Effectively Addresses Threat of Cybercrime

Yes – CISPA Effectively Addresses Threat of Cybercrime

Cordell Carter Vice President of the Business Roundtable.

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