Proposal would help businesses better cooperate with government to fight online threats
Congress is poised to pass a cybersecurity measure aimed at prompting businesses to share information on online threats, as lawmakers inserted the measure early Wednesday into a broad spending package expected to pass this week.
The move came after legislators and the White House reached agreement on the proposal, which removes legal barriers to companies cooperating more closely with the government and each other in fighting online threats.
Rep. Devin Nunes (R., Calif.), chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said the bipartisan legislation would help provide the intelligence community with “the tools it needs to identify, disrupt and defeat threats to the homeland and our infrastructure.”
Lawmakers had scrambled to complete negotiations on the legislation in recent days in order to include it in the must-pass omnibus bill. The final cybersecurity bill combines elements of three competing measures that earlier passed either the House or Senate.
In broad terms, the legislation encourages businesses to monitor their networks and voluntarily share information with the federal government about cybersecurity attacks and other threats they encounter.