National security officials to brief House members on cybersecurity

The House will begin consideration of anchor bill in the cybersecurity legislative package, the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA), on Wednesday. CISPA is designed to make it easier for industry and the government to share data about malicious source code and other cyber threats with one another in real time so firms can thwart cyberattacks.

The bill has drawn criticism from privacy and civil liberties advocates, as well as the White House. They argue that it does not include sufficient protections to safeguard people's personal information online and prevent that data from being shared with the military.

House Intelligence Committee leaders Reps. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) and Dutch Ruppersberger (D-Md.) are the lead sponsors of the bill and argue that the measure is desperately needed to clamp down on the rash of online attacks against American companies.