Congressman Billy Long voted in support of the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act.
"There has been a lot of talk about how to protect Americans from a cyber attack, but not a lot of action until this week to deal with the cyber threats our nation faces every day," Long said. "The cyber threats our nation face are real and growing and it is imperative that steps are taken to protect families and businesses from cyber theft."
China and Russia are targeting U.S. businesses everyday, which results in losses of intellectual property and sensitive information. Cyber theft costs Americans jobs. China is the world's most aggressive actor when it comes to cyber thefts. The information China steals gives their businesses a competitive edge over the American companies from whom they stole the information.
The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) is critical to safeguarding our nation's critical infrastructure, providing clear authority for the private sector to defend its network and specifying strong protections for privacy and civil liberties. CISPA grants the government the authority to share its classified intelligence on cyber threats with the private sector and the private sector to voluntarily share its intelligence on cyber threats with other private entities and the government. The legislation requires an independent Inspector General audit of any voluntary information shared with the government and places a restriction on the government's ability to search that information for anything that is unrelated to cybersecurity.
CISPA includes strong protections for privacy and civil liberties protections. The legislation ensures that the government is not allowed to monitor private networks, exempts the information from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act, treats the information as proprietary and prohibits the data's use in regulatory proceedings.