The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) issued the following statement after Senate passage of the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA), legislation designed to increase cyber-threat information sharing between the private and public sectors. Nicholas Ahrens, RILA's vice president, privacy and cybersecurity, urged the House and Senate to move quickly through conference in order to send final legislation to the President's desk this fall.
"Today was a win for retailers and those committed to stepping up the fight against overseas hackers and cyber thieves targeting American businesses and our customers. Cyber-attacks are not going away; in fact, hackers are only growing more sophisticated in their ability to attack businesses, institutions, and governments.
"Common-sense legislation that gives businesses the tools and legal protections needed to share cyber-threat indicators is a step in the right direction to thwart future attacks. We urge Congress to finish the job and get this legislation to the President's desk as quickly as possible."
RILA is the trade association of the world's largest and most innovative retail companies. RILA members include more than 200 retailers, product manufacturers, and service suppliers, which together account for more than $1.5 trillion in annual sales, millions of American jobs and more than 100,000 stores, manufacturing facilities and distribution centers domestically and abroad.