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WASHINGTON, March 11 President Barack Obama's
nominee to head the National Security Agency and U.S. Cyber
Command said on Tuesday liability protection for corporations
that share information with intelligence agencies is crucial in
any new U.S. cybersecurity legislation.
"My sense is it's a critical element in any legislation,"
the nominee, Vice Admiral Michael Rogers, said at his
confirmation hearing before the U.S. Senate Armed Services
"I believe to be successful, we ultimately have to provide
the corporate partners that we would share information with some
level of liability protection," he said.
Rogers said companies would be "much less inclined" to share
information with the intelligence community without blanket
Georgia Senator Saxby Chambliss, the top Republican on the
Senate Intelligence Committee, said the panel is very close to
agreement on new cyber legislation.
However, he said one sticking point is the issue of how to
provide immunity and liability protection for companies.
The Obama administration, lawmakers and the private sector
have been negotiating how the government and industry should
protect against the growing threat of cyber attacks.
However, the conversation has sputtered amid disagreements
about liability and privacy protections, the creation of new
industry standards and other critical elements.
(Reporting by Patricia Zengerle and Phil Stewart; Editing by
Bill Trott and Diane Craft)