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    Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren stated that the United States needs proper cybersecurity practices as a foundational pillar of modern businesses.

    WASHINGTON, January 10 (Sputnik) – The United States needs meaningful cyber security reforms, but the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act is unlikely to solve the country's current vulnerabilities to cyber-based threats, Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren has stressed in a statement.

    "Rather than introducing a bill which would allow private entities to share personal information, including the content of emails, for vaguely defined 'cybersecurity purposes,' we should be looking to promote proper cybersecurity practices as a foundational pillar of modern businesses," the statement, released Friday, said.

    According to Lofgren, the fact that the United States needs more protection against cyber-attacks has become more apparent in recent months. However, the Congresswoman believes lessons from the recent cyber-attacks must be considered carefully.

    "These attacks were not the result of a missed opportunity to share information, but rather caused by substantial and obvious security failures and a culture of treating cybersecurity as an after-thought," Lofgren stressed in her Friday statement.

    The Congresswoman suggested that the government should be encouraged to disclose previously unknown hardware, software and network vulnerabilities it discovers.

    On January 8, Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger reintroduced the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA), which would allow sharing of Internet data between the US government and technology and manufacturing industry groups, as well as help to investigate cyber threats.

    The reintroduction of CISPA in Congress came after a year of multiple security breaches in the United States, including the cyber-attack on Sony Entertainment over the release of The Interview movie in December.

    According to the US Department of Homeland Security, cyber-attacks have increased dramatically over the last decade, leading to the exposure of sensitive personal and business information, as well as critical operations disruption.


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