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Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Ms. JACKSON LEE. I thank the distinguished ranking member and the chairman, as well, for working to answer an enormous concern on the question of national and domestic security.

Since Robert Tappan Morris in 1988 released one of the first commuter worms, we realized, as the computer and the Internet now have grown, the proliferation of computer malware, or computer programs designed specifically to damage computers or their networks or to co-opt systems or steal data, has attracted public and media attention and that we needed to do something. Now more than ever, cybersecurity impacts every aspect of our lives.

As a member of the Homeland Security Committee, I can assure you that my concern about the electric grid utilities, the energy and financial industries, recognize that it is important to act, and to act with speed and understanding. Likewise, I am concerned about the rage in epidemic of hackers and the impact that it has on 85 to 87 percent of the infrastructure in this Nation.

For that reason, however, I believe that along with this effort, we should have a lead civilian agency to collect the data. I'm looking forward to the manager's amendment, which I hope will clarify that Homeland Security will be that.

In addition, I have offered an amendment. My amendment ensures that if a cloud service provider identifies or detects an attempt by someone to access, to gain unauthorized access to nongovernmental information stored on the system, it would not be required or permitted to report that attempt to the government and it cannot share that information with the government. I thank the Rules Committee for allowing that amendment to be in.

I do, however, want to raise the question on privacy. I believe that we could fix this legislation with a small addition dealing with the privacy question as we hopefully address the question dealing with the lead civilian agency. I thank the chairman and the ranking member, and I look forward to further discussion on this legislation.


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