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Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger

Representing the 2nd District of Maryland

Ruppersberger Reintroduces Legislation to Prevent Further Cyber Attacks

Jan 8, 2015
Press Release

(Washington, D.C.) – Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger today reintroduced legislation to protect Americans from increasingly aggressive cyber attacks. The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) will help businesses proactively prevent attacks by creating a system of voluntary information sharing between the public and private sectors.

“Most recently, Sony was hit by a severe cyber attack by North Korea – the first destructive attack we’ve seen yet – and it cost the company millions of dollars,” said Ruppersberger, immediate past Ranking Member of the House Intelligence Committee. “We must stop dealing with cyber attacks after the fact.”

CISPA passed the House of Representatives last spring by nearly 300 bipartisan votes and enjoys significant support from the business community, which is clamoring for help protecting its networks. Nearly 70 businesses have submitted letters in support of CISPA’s passage.

Congressman Ruppersberger co-wrote CISPA with former House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers. The two met with U.S. companies, industry associations, privacy and civil liberties groups, as well as Executive Branch agencies throughout the process.