Apr 18, 2013

Washington, DC (April 18, 2013) – Today, U.S. Congressman Steve Pearce voted to provide the Federal Government and the private sector greater ability to communicate about cyber security threats.

“Every day, individuals, coordinated groups, and foreign governments hack and steal classified secrets from the government, threatening our national security, and steal intellectual property from private enterprise, reducing our economic competitiveness globally,” said Pearce.  “Today’s legislation allows the government and private companies to work together to combat threats that can be devastating to both our national security and economy, while at the same time protecting the privacy and civil liberties of the American people.”

“The internet has created many advantages to our society – from providing an easier way to stay in touch with family and friends, to allowing businesses to run more efficiently.  However, despite all the wonderful benefits, the internet provides a threat to our economic and physical wellbeing unlike any we have seen before.  CISPA provides simple, commonsense steps to defend against these harmful attacks.” 

The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act of 2013, known as CISPA, allows for the sharing of cyber threat information between the government and the private sector.  The legislation also makes a number of changes from the 112th Congress’s version to further limit the authority given to the Federal Government, providing for greater civil liberties protections for all Americans.