HomePublicationsNewsletter ArchiveNewslettersVolume 21Issue 27AGA Urges Congress to Pass Cybersecurity Bill

On August 5, 2015, the American Gaming Association (“AGA”), in partnership with several other business associations, submitted a letter urging Congress’s support in enacting cybersecurity legislation that would help to protect gaming facilities from cyber attacks and encourage information sharing between the government and the business community. In a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Democratic Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), the business coalition urged passage of the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015 (S. 754) (“CISA”).

“Recent cyber incidents underscore the need for legislation to help businesses improve their awareness of cyber threats and to enhance their protection and response capabilities in collaboration with government entities. These attacks are advancing in scope and complexity,” states the AGA.

Multiple casinos have been victim of cyber attacks in the last few years.

“The commercial facilities sector has a central role in the nation’s economy and, as such, remains vulnerable to cyber attacks. The sector includes retail centers, hotels, casinos, theme parks, studios, office and apartment buildings, convention centers, sports stadiums, and other sites where large numbers of people live, congregate to pursue business activities, conduct personal commercial transactions, and enjoy recreational pastimes.”

The U.S. House of Representatives passed two cybersecurity information sharing bills in April with strong majorities from both parties and broad industry support - H.R. 1560 and H.R. 1731.

“The commercial facilities sector is dedicated to improving our capacity to guard against cyber attacks and help protect our customers from these threats. However, current law does not do enough to foster information sharing and establish clear lines of communication with the various government agencies responsible for cyber security,” stated the AGA. “CISA will strengthen the nation’s ability to defend against cyber attacks and better protect all Americans by encouraging the business community and the government to quickly and effectively share critical information about these threats while ensuring privacy.”

Also signing the letter were the American Hotel Lodging Association; American Resort Development Association; Building Owners and Managers Association International; International Council of Shopping Centers; NAIOP, the Commercial Building Development Association; National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts; National Apartment Association; National Multifamily Housing Council; and the Real Estate Roundtable.

 

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