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CISPA is Back

By February 16, 2013March 6th, 2023Technology News

The insane amount of cyberattacks and cyber-espionage that have been happening in recent months has reignited the thought-extinguished flame of CISPA – Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act – and the rumors say that President Obama himself is thinking about an executive order on the issue.

CISPA, a bill that resembles SOPA and PIPA and allows websites to hand your personal data and emails over to the government when requested, led to a huge and outspoken outcry last year from many people and groups – such as the American Civil Liberties Union – because of privacy concerns. Despite this outbreak, CISPA cleared the House last year, but stalled in Senate since the group was working on a different cyber-security bill.

However, with all of the recent problems resulting from the Internet, including attacks against the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and even the Federal Reserve’s website, many are now calling CISPA “eminent” and “necessary”. “American businesses are under siege,” said House Intelligence Committee Chairman, Mike Rogers. “We need to provide American companies the information they need to better protect their networks from these dangerous cyberthreats. It is time to stop admiring this problem and deal with it immediately.”

President Obama backed a plan that would enforce a “voluntary program of cyber-security standards for companies operating vital U.S. infrastructure,” and directed “federal agencies to consider incorporating the cyber-security standards into existing regulations,” but the bill died late last year when it was introduced to Senate. Critics seem to think that this may be one of the reasons Obama is planning on issuing an executive order sooner rather than later.

In part, CISPA will affect every Internet user and small business in the United States. More can be read about this bill here.

Jason Manteiga

Jason J. Manteiga, Vice President of Olmec Systems, has been part of the company for over the past 20 years. He believes that having a great work environment and supportive team, is the ultimate key to success. Since being in the IT realm for over 25 years, Jason, along with Olmec Systems, has been on the Inc. 5000 “List of America’s Fastest Growing Private Companies” and Channel Futures MSP 501 “Top Managed Service Providers in North America,” along with other awards and nominations. Jason earned his Bachelor Degree in Information Systems from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He also holds certifications in Microsoft MCSE, VMWare VCP, and Cisco CCNA. In his spare time, Jason is a contributor for The Center for Social & Legal Research (Privacy Exchange) and a member of the Morris County Chamber of Commerce. His hobbies include cycling and kayaking. He currently lives in New Jersey with his wife, two daughters and son.