Congress is passing a new cybersecurity law – the Cybersecurity Act of 2015. Cybersecurity is a worthy, necessary cause during this age of spam. Yet this initial explanation of the new law by Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D–MS) seems a bit daunting.
“The Cybersecurity Act of 2015 has the potential to usher in a new chapter in our Nation’s effort to address cyber threats,” Rep. Thompson advises via Government Security News. “It seeks to create a safe space for companies who have been reluctant to share information about cyber threats on their networks with the Federal government because of fear of liability or regulation. This legislation expressly rejects past legislative proposals that would have granted broad liability protection to companies that shared cyber threat information with the NSA. Instead, to receive liability protection, companies must share timely threat information with the Department of Homeland Security.”