Congress Authorizes Cybersecurity Information Sharing and Other Cybersecurity Measures

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On December 18, 2015, Congress passed, and the President signed, a year-end omnibus spending package which includes the Cybersecurity Act of 2015. After years of debate and failed attempts to pass legislation in both the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate, the Cybersecurity Act includes, among other things, long-sought procedures and protections to facilitate the sharing of information about cyber threats between the federal government and private entities. In addition, the Act clarifies private entities’ authority to monitor their networks and to engage in limited “defensive measures.” The Act reiterates the voluntary nature of covered activities, and …read more

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