WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) released the following statement after voting in support of the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015 (CISA), bipartisan legislation to improve America’s cybersecurity through voluntary information sharing.

“The cyber threat against our nation is one of the most severe threats we face in the 21st century.

“CISA is an important first step to improve our cybersecurity capabilities in both the private and public sectors. This bipartisan legislation achieves an important balance – including both rigorous oversight to ensure Americans’ privacy is protected, as well as procedures to bolster the government’s ability to deter, detect, and defend against cyberattacks.

“Cyberspace has provided hackers, terrorists, and our adversaries around the world with the capability to cause massive damage and greatly impact our way of life with a few keystrokes on a computer. If we do nothing, cyberattacks are sure to continue, leaving our information and national security at greater risk.

“Our cybersecurity experts must be able to gain a technological advantage and have the means necessary to prevent future attacks. CISA confronts these challenges by creating a voluntary framework to promote real time information sharing across the government and private sector in order to keep our systems secure and help to prevent cyberattacks before they happen.”

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