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:

  • News & Events, Privacy & SecurityCCIA Supports NIST’s Privacy Risk Management Framework Washington — As the National Institute of Standards and Technology works to further develop its Privacy Risk Management Framework, CCIA offered a statement supporting this framework for risk-based mechanisms to improve privacy. The following can be attributed to CCIA Vice President of Public Policy Arthur Sidney:  “In the modern data-enabled economy, businesses work hard to…
  • EU, News & Events, Privacy & SecurityCCIA Applauds EU-UK Data Flow Decision Brussels, BELGIUM — The European Commission today announced two new adequacy decisions for the transfer of EU personal data to the United Kingdom.  With these decisions, the European Commission considers that the United Kingdom provides a level of protection of EU personal data that is equivalent to the EU’s laws. Once approved, UK and EU…
  • EU, News & Events, Privacy & SecurityEU Council e-Privacy Agreement Paves Way for Final Negotiations, CCIA Urges Further Improvements Brussels, BELGIUM — The EU Member States (“EU Council”) today approved a joint position on the e-Privacy Regulation, originally proposed in 2017. This decision paves the way for final negotiations with the European Parliament and the European Commission. The proposed e-Privacy Regulation entails new privacy rules that will affect how Europeans consume online services from…