Private industry concerned over 2015 cyber security act

Large scale data breaches—such as the Office of Personnel Management data hack in 2014 that exposed the sensitive personal information of over 22.1 million Americans—have demonstrated an increasing need for advances in cybersecurity. The adoption of the Cybersecurity Act of 2015 has pushed private sector businesses to follow guidelines for improved cybersecurity while participating in information sharing with government agencies.

Earlier this month, the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection and Security Technologies held a hearing to examine the perspectives of stakeholders in both private industry and government on how to improve implementation of the cybersecurity legislation.

The Cybersecurity Act of 2015 requires the Director of National Intelligence and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Department of Defense (DOD) and Department of Justice (DOJ) to develop guidelines to share cybersecurity threat information with the private sector and other federal agencies. The act outlines liability protection for agencies to share potential cyber threats and defensive measures with other organizations.

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Homeland Security Today
July 6, 2016