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Thursday, 12th November 2015

Cybersecurity and Information Sharing: Comparison of H.R. 1560 (PCNA and NCPAA) and S. 754 (CISA)

Source: Congressional Research Service via Federation of American Scientists

This report compares two House bills and one Senate bill that address information sharing and related activities in cybersecurity. It also discusses some of the issues that those and other legislative proposals address. The three bills compared are

the Protecting Cyber Networks Act (PCNA, H.R. 1560 as passed by the House),
the National Cybersecurity Protection Advancement Act of 2015 (NCPAA, H.R.
1731 as passed by the House), and
the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015 (CISA, S. 754, as passed in the Senate).

All three bills focus on information sharing among private entities and between them and the federal government. They address the structure of the information-sharing process, issues associated with privacy and civil liberties, and liability risks for private-sector sharing, and they also address some other topics in common. In addition to other provisions, NCPAA would explicitly amend portions of the Homeland Security Act of 2002 (6 U.S.C. §101 et seq.), and PCNA would amend parts of the National Security Act of 1947 (50 U.S.C. §3021 et seq.). CISA has many similarities to a bill with a similar name introduced in the 113th Congress and shares many provisions with PCNA, although there are also significant differences between them.

This report consists of an overview of the three bills, other legislative proposals, and an executive order on information sharing, along with selected associated issues, followed by a side-by-side analysis of NCPAA, PCNA, and CISA.

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Having begun his career in academic libraries, Adrian Janes has subsequently worked extensively in public libraries, chiefly in enquiry work as an Information Services librarian. In this role he has had particular responsibility for information from both the UK Government and the European Union. He wrote a detailed report on sources for the latter which was published by FreePint in 2007, and has contributed articles to FreePint and ResourceShelf. He is involved in training in information literacy and the use of online reference resources.

A Contributing Editor to DocuTicker, he also write reviews for Pennyblackmusic.

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