Francine Friedman Quoted in Business Insurance on Prospects for Cyber Security Legislation

Francine Friedman, senior policy counsel in Akin Gump’s public law and policy practice, is quoted by Business Insurance in the article “Sony hack spurs bipartisan support of cyber security legislation.”

The article notes that the alleged cyber-attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment by North Korea could spur Congress and President Obama to work together on this issue this year. The White House, the article says, is proposing legislation that would codify ways to share information about cyber security between private entities and the government. It would also address notice requirements to people whose personally identifiable information is exposed by security breaches.

Some state attorneys general object to the issue of cyber security enforcement being turned over to the federal government, according to the article. Still, Friedman says that while she believes the prospects for information-sharing legislation are better now than in the past, it is the working relationship between business and Congress that may lead to the successful passage of national data breach notification legislation.