In a bipartisan victory for a measure that would formalize threat intelligence sharing, the U.S. House passed the bill in a 288-to-127 vote, drawing more Democrats than when a version was approved last year. CISPA now moves to the Senate.
The Obama administration said it is perturbed by the same reasons it promised a veto last year - privacy protection.
The amendments to the threat intelligence sharing bill would have tightened controls around the corporate release of personally identifiable information to three-letter agencies, including the NSA.
Despite the 18-to-2 vote in favor of the bill proposal, privacy advocates likely will not be satisfied, considering two key amendments reportedly were shot down.
Lawmakers have begun debate on the controversial threat information-sharing bill known as CISPA, which would complement the president's cyber security executive order. But it has a host of privacy objections to clear first.
The reality of protecting our information is complicated, but IT security pros must educate lawmakers in order for them to create the proper cyber bills.
CISPA has passed the U.S. House, despite vocal opposition contending that the proposal would hurt Americans' civil liberties far worse than it would aid organizations in fighting cyber attackers.
Private and public sectors must take seriously the need to share threat data to prevent cyber attacks, but a heavy-handed approach like CISPA places us at far greater risk as a country.