Over the past several years, cybersecurity has become an increasingly pressing issue for the government, the private sector, and individuals. The cyber threats America faces include potential disruptions and failure of the nation’s electric grid, utility plants, and telecommunications and financial networks; the theft of national security secrets and cyber corporate espionage; as well as hacking, data breaches, and identity theft.

Key cybersecurity issues necessary to confront these risks include facilitating cyber threat information sharing; requiring baseline cybersecurity practices for critical infrastructure; creating a federal standard for data breach notifications; investing in cybersecurity research and development, education, and workforce training; and updating cyber crime statutes.

CCIA’s View:

CCIA supports efforts to facilitate and streamline information sharing on cyber threats between the private sector and the federal government. Cyber crime laws should be updated to address today’s threats, but must not inadvertently criminalize trivial user behavior. Furthermore, increased research and development, education, and workforce training will produce new tools to address cyber threats and skilled professionals trained to use them. Finally, policymakers should encourage the deployment of strong, ubiquitous encryption, which is increasingly vital for national security, a vibrant and competitive digital economy, and the physical and online safety of individuals.

Most Recent Statements & Filings:

CCIA Welcomes Parallel NTIA and NIST Privacy Initiatives

Washington — The Commerce Department is asking stakeholders for input on privacy. NTIA published a request for comments in the Federal Register today on “ways to advance consumer privacy while protecting prosperity and innovation.” NTIA has proposed a set of privacy principles and outcomes for consumers and industry, along with high-level goals for future privacy…

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EU Terrorist Content Proposal, Good Intentions But Risks To Online Rights And Europe’s Tech Sector

Brussels, BELGIUM — Today the European Commission presented its proposal for a regulation on ‘preventing the dissemination of terrorist content online.’ This proposal puts a range of new obligations on online companies which will disproportionately burden smaller European firms. The Computer & Communications Industry Association supports the EU’s goal of tackling terrorist content online.Hosting services…

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CCIA Files Comments Ahead Of FTC Hearings

Washington –The Federal Trade Commission has asked for public comments on a variety of competition and consumer protection-related issues. The topics range from antitrust enforcement in the digital age to big data and privacy to how intellectual property can promote innovation. The request for information proceeds a series of hearings the Commission plans this fall,…

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