CISPA Passes House of Representative
In the past few months there have been several internet related bills running through the US government; PIPA, SOPA and now CISPA. Suffice to say the internet has been a huge topic of debate, not only in the states but also worldwide; IE: Great Firewall of China, Anon, LuLzSec, etc.
Today the US House of Representatives passed, by a vote of 248 to 168, the CISPA; Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act. Before being enacted into a law, the CISPA must pass the US Senate, and must avoid being vetoed by the President.
The CISPA is a bill designed to legitimize the sharing of information between different internet agencies; ISP, government agencies, etc. Proponents of the bill believe that the open sharing of information will help arm internet agencies with the tools to defend US assets from cyber attack. If used appropriately the clear benefit to the CISPA Bill may be more efficient response times to cyber attacks, faster vulnerability identification, more unified response and defence of US assets, multiple perspectives on address vulnerabilities, etc.
However, with all bills, the language and syntax of the bill may lend itself to improper usage. The US internet community will be closely monitoring the progression of the CISPA bill through the US Senate. It is worth noting that President Obama has promised to veto the bill if it manages to the Senate.
To be clear the bill does not require agencies to share information, instead gives them the option to share information. More information on the CISPA Bill can be found here.