WASHINGTON (2/15/13)--President Barack Obama's recent cybersecurity executive order and cybersecurity legislation introduced this week were both discussed during a Thursday House Intelligence Committee hearing.
The hearing focused on the state of cyber threat information sharing between the U.S. government and private sector, and cyber information sharing within the private sector.
Committee chairman Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) in prepared remarks said his cybersecurity bill, H.R. 624, "provides positive authority to the government to provide classified cyber threat information to the private sector, and knocks down the barriers that impede cyber threat information sharing among private sector companies, and between private sector companies and the government. It does all this with strong restrictions and safeguards to protect the privacy and civil liberties of Americans."
The bill, also known as the Intelligence and Sharing Protection Act, is cosponsored by ranking committee member C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-Md.). Similar legislation was supported by the Credit Union National Association last year and passed the House last spring.
Hearing witnesses included:
- Former Michigan Governor and current Business Roundtable President John Engler;
- Baltimore Gas & Electric President/CEO Ken DeFontes;
- BITS President Paul Smocer; and
- Kevin Mandia, CEO of MANDIANT Corporation.
For more on the hearing use the resource link.