Senate leadership is returning focus to cyber security legislation this October. The temporary measures passed to keep the government operating have opened the Senate floor to finally address mounting security concerns stemming from cyber threats.
The Cyber Information Sharing Act (CISA), which is designed to bolster security through data sharing initiatives, is finally making its way to the Senate floor. The bill, supported by Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and Ranking Member Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Ca), will likely be presented later this week. Although the bill has received bipartisan support, some Senators maintain reservations about its passage and view it as another means for the government to gain access to personal data.
While speaking at the Chamber of Commerce’s 4th annual Cybersecurity Summit, Burr and Feinstein both indicated that the bill would be brought to the floor the week of October 18 when Congress reconvenes. Both believe that there is ample time to get through all of the proposed amendments, pass the bill, send it to a conference committee and on to the presidents desk.