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Opponents focus on defeating CISA cyberthreat info sharing bill

Grant Gross | July 31, 2015
Opponents of a U.S. Senate bill intended to encourage businesses to share information about cyberthreats may have stalled a vote on the legislation.

Republican leaders in the Senate may attempt to bring CISA to a vote in September, but a delay until then is a victory for opponents, added Senator Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat and opponent of the bill. Senators are likely to get an earful from constituents opposed to the bill during the August break, he said during the press briefing.

Lawmakers are under "a lot of pressure to have some kind of response" to cyberattacks after a massive breach at U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) announced in June, Wyden said.

"There is no question in my mind that the federal government needs to step up its game to protect its systems," Wyden said. "This legislation is the wrong approach."

 

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