“Who Do You Trust” was a 1950’s game show that required players to decide whether they could rely upon the information provided by their partners to win cash prizes of $25, $50 and $75. In today’s increasingly networked environment, there’s a lot more at risk in trusting another’s information about cybersecurity. Corporations and industries complain that they can’t trust the timeliness and accuracy of government information about cybersecurity. And cybersecurity experts point to distrust over the motives of the government and competitors as a bar to information sharing among private entities. But despite that, everyone agrees that information sharing would inure to the general benefit of all involved.
Rep. Daniel Lungren of California,Chair of the Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Security Technologies of the House Committee on Homeland Security, is aiming at impediments to cybersecurity data sharing in a bill introduced on Dec. 15, 2011. S. 3674, the ‘‘Promoting and Enhancing Cybersecurity and Information Sharing Effectiveness Act of 2011’’ or the “PRECISE Act of 2011,” contains, among other things, a provision that would encourage corporate and industry participation in government sponsored cybersecurity programs by including legal exemptions and protections for private entity information-sharing.