Federal Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act signed into law

From: Data Protection Report

On December 18, 2015, President Barack Obama signed into law the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015 (CISA) as part of the 2016 omnibus spending bill. CISA encourages businesses and the federal government to share cyber threat information in the interest of national security.

As we have written on this blog, CISA’s previous iterations were not without controversy. Some privacy advocates, such as the ACLU, view CISA’s inclusion in the spending bill as an effort to “sneak” the bill into law and circumvent any additional debate over its privacy protections. The White House, on the other hand, has continuously supported Congress’s efforts to pass some form of cybersecurity information sharing legislation.

We have outlined some of the more significant takeaways from CISA below.

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