U.S. House Representative and Chairman of the House armed Services Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities. Joe Wilson from South Carolina, introduced a Bill for the Federal Government to study and measure cyber-attacks. The Bill would require the Director of National Intelligence and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to study cyber-attacks and devise a method of quantifying the damage caused by them. This method would act as a common metric for use by the military and Federal agencies for use in assessing and responding to cyber threats and attacks.
In other Congressional news, the Senate rejected attaching the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA) as an amendment to the 2016 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), although CISA is still an independent Bill under debate on the Senate floor. The CISA grants liability protections to companies that voluntarily share cyber-threat data. It is intended to boost the sharing of cyber threat information between the private sector and government entities by offering liability protections and creating additional incentives for sharing, as long as businesses maintain certain privacy restrictions.