In the midst of OPM breach revelations, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) attempted to include an information sharing cybersecurity amendment in the annual defense policy bill. Senate Democrats blocked the effort and called for the measure to be brought to the floor as a standalone bill to allow for debate and amendments. In addition, a House committee held the first of what is likely to be many hearings on the OPM breach.
Questions remain about whether any proposed legislation would have prevented the OPM breach and other high profile breaches. But everyone agrees that steps must be taken to increase the nation’s cyber capabilities and defenses.
NMHC/NAA continue to follow the debate carefully. We support legislation that allows for public-private cyber threat information sharing and provides liability protections to companies that share threat indicators.
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