The Problems Experts And Privacy Advocates Have With The Senate’s Cybersecurity Bill

It took more than four years for the Senate to pass a cybersecurity bill. As the legislation grew stale amid compromise and contention on the Senate floor over the years, hackers continued to refine their criminal craft and develop more sophisticated methods of attack. As a result, the bill approved on Tuesday by a vote of 74 to 21 will likely be ineffective in the prevention of cybercrime but it has also been criticized for the litany of privacy issues it could potentially introduce. At its best, the bill—theCybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA)—has been hailed as a step in the right direction in the fight against cybercriminals…

“Perfect is the enemy of the good and the reality is that legislation is a function of compromise,” Pat Peterson, the CEO and Founder of cybersecurity provider Agari, said.

Peterson added that while he doesn’t view the bill as a panacea and that it is unlikely to stop cybercrimes, it is another tool in the tool belt—even if it is imperfect.

“I think that Congress’s job is not to prevent crimes. They are not Superman or Batman and Robin. They can’t actually stop a threat action from doing something but what they can do is give us the playing field and the clear rules of the road upon which the public and private sector can combat the harm. That is what they are doing here,” said Peterson.