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June 2012

CISPA cybersecurity legislation wins industry support

The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA), a legislation designed to provide the federal government with threat data from private sector firms, is gaining wide support from security and tech companies. Symantec and Verisign are two notable security firms that have signaled support of the cybersecurity legislation. Others are members of the Internet Security Alliance (ISA), a multi-sector trade organization that includes   AVG and Ratheon. Technology heavyweights Microsoft, IBM, Intel, Oracle, and Facebook also voiced support for the legislation. Supporters mainly praise the bill for fostering information sharing and also eliminating liability for sharing threat data with the government. The proposed law, which passed the House in late April, aims to give the government some oversight into protecting critical infrastructure facilities that are owned by private-sector companies. CISPA amends the National Security Act and clears security vendors of any legal ramifications in sharing their customer data with federal ...

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