Congress Gets CISA Passed in Omnibus Spending Bill

by Joe Clark 27. January 2016 10:04
Employing an age-old trick, Congress managed to receive passage of their Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act, or CISA into the omnibus spending bill that President Obama recently signed into law. The CISA is a contentious bill, with vocal proponents and opponents. It incentivizes companies and corporations to share data classified as a “cyber threat” with the federal government as a means of security. The thinking behind the bill is that corporations will share information they receive about cyber threats with one another and the federal government. With this shared information, entities will be better prepared against future cyber attacks and able to mitigate the current cyber threat landscape. Proponents argue that this type of bill will hinder future cyber attacks from those who were able to achieve relative anonymity in the past and offer the government a better means of mitigating cyber threats. Opponents feel that the government’s definition of cyber threat is too broad and this bill is a mandated violation of expected personal privacy and more a means of government surveillance. Had the President not signed the omnibus into law, there would likely have been a government shutdown. Though the Senate had not passed the bill, Congress placed it into the omnibus spending bill knowing it would likely get through.