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Rogers-Ruppersberger Cyber Bill (CISPA) Passes House

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Washington, DC, April 18, 2013 | Susan Phalen | comments
Cyber Information Sharing & Protection Act (CISPA) Passes with Overwhelmingly Bipartisan Vote of 288 to 127
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Rogers-Ruppersberger Cyber Bill (CISPA) Passes House

Cyber Information Sharing & Protection Act (CISPA) Passes with Overwhelmingly Bipartisan Vote of 288 to 127

  Congress took an important step forward today towards giving American companies the help they need to better protect themselves against the dangerous cyber espionage campaigns being waged against them by China, Russia and Iran.

In a show of leadership and bipartisanship, the House of Representatives today passed the Cyber Information Sharing & Protection Act (CISPA) by a decisive vote of 288 to 127. This important legislation enables cyber threat sharing within the private sector and, on a purely voluntary basis, with the government; all while providing strong protections for privacy and civil liberties.

“I am very proud that so many of my colleagues were able to look past the distortions and fear mongering about this bill, and see it for what it really is – a very narrow and focused authority to share cybersecurity threat information to keep America safe.  I look forward to working with my Senate colleagues to get cyber threat information sharing legislation passed into law this year.” Chairman Mike Rogers said. 

“Passing this legislation is not just a victory on the House floor. This is victory for America,” said Ranking Member C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger. “Our nation is one step closer to making a real difference protecting our country from a catastrophic cyber attack.”

Ruppersberger continued, “This has been an open, deliberative, and bi-partisan process where a number of groups came together to share ideas and make a good bill even better. CISPA recognizes that you can’t have true security without privacy, and you can’t have privacy without security. This bill effectively works to protect both. I look forward to seeing it taken up in the Senate," he said.

Chairman Rogers and Ranking Member Ruppersberger worked openly and collaboratively for over two years with hundreds of U.S. companies, industry associations, privacy and civil liberties groups, and Executive Branch agencies to get this important legislation to this point.

This bill is a vital first step toward providing better protection for the networks and systems that Americans depend on every day.


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