A bipartisan group of senators is moving ahead with a bill to strengthen cybersecurity laws in the United States.
The Cybersecurity and Privacy Act of 2015 is being introduced by Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) and Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D) of California.
The bill is backed by Sen., Cory Booker (D–NJ), Rep. John Conyers (D—MI), Rep., Tulsi Gabbard (D)—Hawaii, Sen. Ed Markey (D–MA), Sen. Mark Warner (DVA), Sen., Tom Udall (D−NM), Rep, Tulsi Broderick (D+OH)—Colorado, Rep. Jared Polis (D), Rep—Joe Barton (R–TX), Rep–Michael Burgess (R—TX), and Rep–Nancy Pelosi (D—-CA).
The legislation has the support of cybersecurity experts, academics, consumer advocates, tech giants, and government agencies.
The White House also supported the bill, and the Senate passed it in March with bipartisan support.
“I believe that the Cybersecurity Act of 2016 will be an important step forward to strengthen our nation’s cyber defenses and protect our networks from hackers,” Sen. Cory Booker said in a statement.
“The bill provides a clear path forward for cybersecurity policy reform and helps ensure that the cyberthreats we face are taken seriously and that cyberattacks are identified and deterred before they become more serious,” said Rep. Steve Cohen (D).
“As a cybersecurity expert and former secretary of Homeland Security, I know how important it is to have robust and effective cybersecurity legislation and this is an important first step in the right direction.”
Sen. Joe Biden (D・MD), a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, called the Cyber Security Enhancement Act “the most significant piece of cybersecurity legislation in the history of the United State.
I look forward to working with our colleagues in the Senate to pass it as soon as possible.”
The Cyber Security and Privacy Enhancement Act is expected to receive a vote in the House later this month.
Rep. Mike Pompeo (R−KS), the current Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee and a former CIA Director, has also been a vocal advocate of the Cyber security bill, as have Sen. Bob Menendez (D‐NJ), Sen.–Mike Lee (R-UT), Sen–Richard Burr (R‐NC), Rep.–Paul Ryan (R–WI), Rep./Rep. Devin Nunes (R/TX), Sen/Rep. Jeff Flake (R), Rep/Rep.–Chris Gibson (R.), Rep. Chris Gibson (D/NY), Rep.: Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D.–MA), Rep.(D/CT), Rep(R/NJ), and Reps.(R/NY).
Sen. Rand Paul (R) and Sen. Marco Rubio (R).
The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, or CISPA, was introduced in May 2015 by Rep. Ted Lieu (D)(CA) and Reps.
Adam Schiff (D(CA), Rob Bishop (R)(UT), Michael McCaul (R(TX), Tom Coburn (R+OK), Ron DeSantis (R)) and John Shimkus (R (AZ)).
CISPA has received bipartisan support, including from Sens.
John McCain (R –AZ), Joe Biden, Joe Manchin, Ron Johnson, and Ben Cardin.
The Senate passed CISPA in December with bipartisan backing.
The legislation is currently on a fast track through Congress, where the Cyber Intelligence Committee will meet in February to consider amendments.
Senators have proposed a variety of cybersecurity bills in the past, including: The Cybersecurity Improvement Act of 2017, which would require companies to share information with the Federal Government to help protect networks against cyberthreat activity, passed the Senate in February 2017 with bipartisan votes.
The Digital Intelligence Modernization Act, which allows cybersecurity companies to get a free copy of your personal information, passed in April 2016 with bipartisan agreement.
A cybersecurity bill is also being considered in the U.S. House.
The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board has previously proposed a bill that would give the Federal Communications Commission the power to require internet service providers to give the agency access to customer data stored on their servers.
In February, the House of Representatives passed the Cyber Cybersecurity Modernization and Protection of the Nation Act with bipartisan majorities.
The House of Representative is expected next week to begin voting on the Cyber Information Sharing Act, a bill sponsored by Rep.(R–WA).
The bill would require internet providers to keep records of their users’ communications, including their IP addresses and web pages.
On February 14, Sen(R–WI) and other Senate Democrats introduced the Cyber Data Privacy and Transparency Act, legislation that would require the government to share data about internet users with internet service companies and cyber threat entities.
This week, Sen.(D–VA) and others introduced legislation that aims to prevent the Federal government from