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Lawmakers want spy agencies to share cyber data

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Tabassum Zakaria and Diane Bartz
Reuters

U.S. lawmakers Wednesday proposed fighting the cyber threat that is taking a toll on American companies by allowing spy agencies to share threat intelligence with private firms.

Representative Mike Rogers, the Republican chairman of the U.S. House intelligence committee, and the panel’s senior Democrat, Representative C.A. “Dutch” Ruppersberger, announced legislation to protect U.S. firms from cyber attacks by foreign countries and individual hackers by allowing information-sharing with agencies like the National Security Agency.

“Our intelligence agencies collect important information overseas about advanced foreign cyber threats that could dramatically assist the private sector,” Rogers said.

“The government needs to be able to share this threat intelligence so that the private sector can protect its own networks,” he said at the public unveiling of the bill.

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This article was posted: Thursday, December 1, 2011 at 3:43 am





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