ACP APPLAUDS INTRODUCTION OF DAVIS/MORAN CYBERSECURITY INFORMATION ACT
BILL HELPS PROTECT TODAY’S "CLICK & MORTAR" ECONOMY AGAINST "CLICK AND CRUMBLE" THREATS
Washington, DC-- Washington, D.C. -- Americans for Computer Privacy welcomed the introduction today of
badly-needed legislation to encourage companies to share information with the Government
and others in the private sector about attacks on and vulnerabilities of computer networks
and products as well as cyber-defenses and security solutions.
"Industry and businesses will not share sensitive information if it can be used against
them. When the private sector offers a helping hand in partnership it expects it to be
shaken not slapped," said Bruce Heiman, Executive Director of ACP.
"In order to protect our critical information infrastructure against electronic attack and
disruption, the U.S. Government has called for a true partnership with the private sector
and recognizes that it must foster effective information sharing. By promoting the sharing
of cybersecurity information, this bill will lead to increased cyber-security throughout
those sectors of the economy – such as utilities, banking, communications, transportation,
health care and e-commerce – that are increasingly reliant on information technology.
This bill helps protect today’s "click and mortar" economy against "click and crumble"
threats," Heiman added.
"This bill will help unlock the potential of the private sector to help with this extremely
important national problem. We applaud Congressmen Davis and Moran for their leadership
on this issue and we thank the many other co-sponsors," Heiman said.
The Act promotes information sharing by:
- establishing an FOIA exemption for cybersecurity information shared by companies with
the U.S. Government;
- providing antitrust protection for companies sharing cybersecurity information with
each other; and
- preventing cybersecurity information shared by companies from being used in lawsuits
against those who provide information.
"To solve a problem you have to know that there is a problem. To solve the problem
quickly you want to know that someone already has a solution. If not, you want a lot of
people working on it -- fast. This bill makes it easier for companies to share their
cybersecurity problems and their solutions," added Heiman.
ACP is a broad-based coalition of more than 100 companies, 40 associations and interest
groups, and 7000 individuals. ACP was formed to focus on issues at the intersection of
electronic information and communications, privacy rights, law enforcement, and national
ACP supports policies that promote industry led, market driven solutions to critical
information infrastructure protection and opposes government efforts to impose
technological mandates or design standards, or to increase widespread monitoring or
surveillance. ACP also supports policies that advance the rights of American citizens to
encrypt information without fear of government intrusion, and led the private sector fight
to lift export restrictions on U.S.-made encryption products.