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Firms Seek Protection from Data Sharing Lawsuits

CYBERSECURITY—U.S.

March 7, 2013

Companies are urging Congress to provide incentives and protection for joining the White House’s initiative to strengthen the nation’s computer infrastructure, Bloomberg reports. According to the Obama administration’s February executive order, the U.S. is to create cybersecurity standards for critical industries and a framework for speeding up threat data sharing between the federal government and the private sector. “Cybersecurity is largely a voluntary effort, and the task of the government is encouraging companies to participate…If you don’t have liability protection, that task is infinitely harder,” said Goodwin Proctor attorney Gus Coldebella, who previously worked for the Department of Homeland Security.
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