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Thursday, April 23, 2015

House Passes Cybersecurity Bill

By a strong 307-116 vote, the House yesterday passed the ABA-supported Protecting Cyber Networks Act (H.R. 1560), which would enhance cybersecurity threat information sharing.

In passing the bill, the House also approved an amendment offered by Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.) that would sunset the bill’s provisions after seven years. While ABA remained supportive of the legislation, it opposed this amendment, noting that businesses participating in cyber information sharing need certainty to know their information security investments will be worthwhile.

The House is expected to vote today on the National Cybersecurity Protection Advancement Act (H.R. 1731), another ABA-backed bill that is also intended to enhance information sharing.