The issue of online security is running rampid through Congress and across the Internet this week as four digital security bills are scheduled for a vote in the House of Representatives.
Here’s a breakdown of what our lawmakers will address during “Cyber Week”:
CISPA: The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act is designed to allow private companies to share cyber-threat information with one another and with the Federal government. Advocates call CISPA a necessary step for U.S. defenses against a so-called “digital Pearl Harbor”, while civil rights groups fear that the bills vague guidelines could potentially compromise personal online privacy.
DATA Act: The Digital Accountability and Transparency Act would alter the Federal Information Security Management Act, or FISMA, to create more security oversight on computer systems used by the federal government.
Cybersecurity Enhancement Act intended to better focus the federal government’s research efforts into cybersecurity.
A computer technology research and development bill from Rep. Ralph Hall, a Texas Republican.
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