Browse Definitions :
Definition

Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA)

Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA) is proposed legislation that will allow United States government agencies and non-government entities to share information with each other as they investigate cyberattacks. Sharing is voluntary for participating organizations outside the government.

Currently, a number of U.S. regulatory frameworks impede sharing. For example, should a hospital in the United States came under attack, hospital administrators could be prevented from sharing information with government agencies because of privacy restrictions in the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

Under CISA, the Director of National Intelligence and the federal departments of Homeland Security, Defense and Justice are required to work together and develop procedures for sharing cybersecurity threat information. Non-federal entities will be required to remove personal information before sharing cyber-threat indicators, and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will be required to conduct a privacy review of received information.

Opponents of the legislation worry that the federal government will abuse how uses the information it gathers. As of this writing, the government may only use shared information to:

  • Identify a cybersecurity purpose.
  • Identify the source of a cybersecurity threat or security vulnerability.
  • Identify cybersecurity threats involving the use of an information system by a foreign adversary or terrorist.
  • Prevent or mitigate an imminent threat of death, serious bodily harm or serious economic harm, including a terrorist act or a use of a weapon of mass destruction.
  • Prevent or mitigate a serious threat to a minor, including sexual exploitation and threats to physical safety.
  • Prevent, investigate, disrupt or prosecute an offense arising out of a threat such as serious violent felonies or relating to fraud and identity theft.

This was last updated in February 2016

Continue Reading About Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA)

SearchNetworking
  • virtual network functions (VNFs)

    Virtual network functions (VNFs) are virtualized tasks formerly carried out by proprietary, dedicated hardware.

  • network functions virtualization (NFV)

    Network functions virtualization (NFV) is a network architecture model designed to virtualize network services that have ...

  • overlay network

    An overlay network is a virtual or logical network that is created on top of an existing physical network.

SearchSecurity
  • X.509 certificate

    An X.509 certificate is a digital certificate that uses the widely accepted international X.509 public key infrastructure (PKI) ...

  • directory traversal

    Directory traversal is a type of HTTP exploit in which a hacker uses the software on a web server to access data in a directory ...

  • malware

    Malware, or malicious software, is any program or file that is intentionally harmful to a computer, network or server.

SearchCIO
  • data latency

    Data latency is the time it takes for data packets to be stored or retrieved. In business intelligence (BI), data latency is how ...

  • chief data officer (CDO)

    A chief data officer (CDO) in many organizations is a C-level executive whose position has evolved into a range of strategic data...

  • information technology (IT) director

    An information technology (IT) director is the person in charge of technology within an organization. IT directors manage ...

SearchHRSoftware
SearchCustomerExperience
  • implementation

    Implementation is the execution or practice of a plan, a method or any design, idea, model, specification, standard or policy for...

  • first call resolution (FCR)

    First call resolution (FCR) is when customer service agents properly address a customer's needs the first time they call.

  • customer intelligence (CI)

    Customer intelligence (CI) is the process of collecting and analyzing detailed customer data from internal and external sources ...

Close