Congress Finally Passes the Cybersecurity Act of 2015

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Media Outlet: GreenbergTraurig

After seeking to pass broad private sector cybersecurity legislation for a number of years, Congress finally passed the Cybersecurity Act of 2015 (Cybersecurity Act) as Division N of theConsolidated Appropriations Act, 2016 (Omnibus).

The Cybersecurity Act is the result of a conference between the Senate Intelligence Committee and the House Intelligence and Homeland Security Committees, each of which passed cybersecurity information sharing bills this year:

  • Senate Intelligence: S. 754, Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015 
  • House Intelligence: H.R. 1560, Protecting Cyber Networks Act 
  • House Homeland Security: H.R. 1731, National Cybersecurity Protection Advancement Act of 2015

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Elana Broitman is the director of New America NYC. She has served as the deputy assistant secretary in the Office of Manufacturing & Industrial Base Policy in the Department of Defense and as a senior advisor to Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.).