Under CISA, Data Would Automatically Get Shared with Agencies with Worse Cyberpreparedness than OPM

Report CardIn the wake of the OPM hack, Congress is preparing to do something!!!  Unfortunately, that “something” will be to pass the Cyber Information Sharing Act, which not only wouldn’t have helped prevent the OPM hack, but comes with its own problems.

To understand why it is such a bad idea to pass CISA just to appear to be doing something in response to OPM, compare this table from this year’s Federal Information Security Management report with the list of agencies that will automatically get the data turned over to the Federal government if CISA passes.

(A) The Department of Commerce.

(B) The Department of Defense.

(C) The Department of Energy.

(D) The Department of Homeland Security.

(E) The Department of Justice.

(F) The Department of the Treasury.

(G) The Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

So not only will information automatically go to DOJ, DHS, and DOD — all of which fulfill the information security measures reviewed by Office of Management and Budget — but it would also go to Department of Energy, which scores just a few points better than OPM, Department of Commerce, which was improving but lost some IT people and so couldn’t be graded last year, and Department of Treasury, which scores worse than OPM.

Which is just one of the reasons why CISA is a stupid idea.

Some folks have put together this really cool tool that will help you fax the Senate (a tool they might understand) so you can explain how dumb passing CISA would be. Try it!


Marcy Wheeler is an independent journalist writing about national security and civil liberties. She writes as emptywheel at her eponymous blog, publishes at outlets including Vice, Motherboard, the Nation, the Atlantic, Al Jazeera, and appears frequently on television and radio. She is the author of Anatomy of Deceit, a primer on the CIA leak investigation, and liveblogged the Scooter Libby trial.

Marcy has a PhD from the University of Michigan, where she researched the “feuilleton,” a short conversational newspaper form that has proven important in times of heightened censorship. Before and after her time in academics, Marcy provided documentation consulting for corporations in the auto, tech, and energy industries. She lives with her spouse in Grand Rapids, MI.

4 replies
  1. wallace says:

    quote”Which is just one of the reasons why CISA is a stupid idea.”unquote

    Which is living proof the Congress is filled with fucking morons who are elected by even dumber fucking morons.

    Meanwhile, at least we have emptywheel’s beacon of reason and truth. Thank god. Thanks emptywheel.

  2. wallace says:

    ps.. quote”Some folks have put together this really cool tool that will help you fax the Senate (a tool they might understand)”unquote

    Understand? The SENATE????? Hahahahahahaha! Let’s get real. We’re talking about a crew of corrupt pond scum who wouldn’t know a fax from a telegraph. And don’t care. Unless you are carrying a briefcase full of cash ..they don’t give a flying fuck what the people say. Zero. Nada. Zilch. The only thing these scum sucking pig fuckers care about is keeping the skeletons in their closets from becoming public while their offshore bank accounts accrue exponentially. At 71 yrs old.. I’ve seen what these fuckers have done to my country. The SOLD US OUT. PERIOD.

  3. wallace says:

    quote”…so you can explain how dumb passing CISA would be. Try it!”unquote

    un hunh. right. As if these morons had two neurons between their fucking ears that would give a fuck. GET THIS STRAIGHT. They don’t give a flying fuck. All they care about is getting RE-ELECTED.. and to keep the citizens of this country from rising up, dragging their sorry asses out in the street, and burning them alive, upside down from a lamp post. BECAUSE THEY KNOW…IT’S GOING TO HAPPEN..eventually. All they hope is..it doesn’t happen while THEY are in office.

  4. JamesJoyce says:

    “Which is just one of the reasons why CISA is a stupid idea.”

    Lester Hunt and Red Scare Joe???

    Private information is used to blackmail people. Ask a German how the Gestapo operated. This is fascism.

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