Information sharing bills have been working their way through Congress all year. In the House, H.R. 1560, the Protecting Cyber Networks Act (PCNA), and H.R. 1731, the National Cybersecurity Protection Advancement Act of 2015 (NCPAA), were voted on and passed the week of April 20.
The two bills were then combined as two titles in H.R. 1560. In the Senate, S. 754, the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015 (CISA) passed on October 27. Congress must now reconcile the two bills’ differences, likely through an informal conference, in 2016.
The Congressional Research Service published a paper outlining the differences that must be worked out between the two bills and some of the bigger picture issues challenging information sharing generally. While there are many similarities between the two bills, there are some significant differences that must be worked out.