The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) issued the following statement after the Senate delayed consideration of the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA), legislation designed to increase information sharing between the private and public sectors, until after the August congressional recess. Nicholas Ahrens, RILA's vice president, privacy and cybersecurity, said the bill needs to be a top priority for lawmakers.
"Retailers remain committed to Senate passage of cyber security legislation this year. Cyber-attacks are not going away; in fact, hackers are only growing more sophisticated in their ability to attack businesses, institutions, and governments.
"America's retailers need common-sense legislation that gives them the tools and legal protections needed to share cyber-threat indicators to better safeguard sensitive consumer information. We urge Congress to make common-sense cybersecurity legislation a top priority upon their return."
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.