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:

CCIA Supports Encrypt Act

Washington — Representatives Ted Lieu, D-Calif., Mike Bishop, R-Mich, Suzan DelBene, D-Wa., and Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, have reintroduced the ENCRYPT Act. The bill would prevent states from mandating or requesting weakened encryption, backdoors, or decryption from manufacturers and providers of consumer Internet devices and services. The Computer & Communications Industry Association, which represents device makers,…

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Data flows in the EU: CCIA welcomes European Parliament vote, urges fast and ambitious final adoption

Brussels — The European Parliament’s Committee on Internal Market and Consumer Protection  today voted through the legislative proposal on the free flow of non-personal data in the EU.  The committee vote gives the Parliament mandate to start negotiations with the European Council with possibly final adoption of the legislation as early as this month. EU…

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CCIA Welcomes Secure Data Act of 2018

Washington — Representatives Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., Jerrold Nadler, D-NY, Ted Lieu, D-Calif., Thomas Massie, R-Ky., Ted Poe, R-Tex., and Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., are introducing an updated version of bipartisan legislation to bolster cybersecurity today. The Secure Data Act of 2018 would prohibit the government from mandating companies build backdoors into encrypted products or services. The…

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