IBM Executives to Lobby Hard for CISPA

According to The Hill, IBM – as a strong supporter of the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) – will send over 100 executives to Washington D.C. to hold nearly 300 meetings with lawmakers over a two-day period.

"We’re going to put our shoe leather where our mouth is," Chris Padilla, vice president of governmental affairs at IBM, told The Hill.

"The message we're going to give [lawmakers] is going to be a very simple, clear message: support the passage of CISPA," he later added.

Nearly 200 senior IBM executives are flying into Washington to press for the passage of a controversial cybersecurity bill that will come up for a vote in the House this week.

Padilla says that the best way to prevent against cyberattacks is to encourage more companies to share data about attacks and malicious source code with each other and with the government.

"It’s our experience that the most effective thing you can do when a cyberattack occurs is to share information quickly between government and industry and between industry actors in real time in order to find where the attack is coming from and to shut it down," he said.

"The key really is when an attack happens—and they will happen—is detecting it, and shutting it down and preventing the loss of data as quickly as possible. That's a question of information and it's a question of speed," Padilla said. "And often, the government will have very timely and critical information that banks or telecommunications companies need to know that there is an attack. Other times, we detect it first and sharing [information] with the government could serve to warn others that there may be an attack."

Companies don't currently do this for fear of being sued by customers, but CISPA gives companies immunity from lawsuits related to cyber threat information. Of course what falls under the broad definition of a cyber attack is anyone's guess.

Still, IBM is pushing hard for this bill, believing that – with the help of the government – it can protect its important information from being stolen or compromised. Of course the whole "billions of dollars in IP and data" from cyber threats is a myth, according to SEC filings from companies that have suffered from a cyber attack. Most said it had no material effect on them, and described dealing with it as more of a nuisance than the grand and grave threat being talked about in D.C…

Don't let the NSA and IBM dictate how you use the internet and what information about you they can share freely. Join the ECA in its fight against CISPA.

[Disclaimer: GamePolitics is an ECA publication.]

Source: The Hill

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