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 Opposes FISA Reauthorization Amendments Act

Washington — Today, the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence marked up and favorably reported out the FISA Reauthorization Amendments Act, H.R. 4478, which is meant to reauthorize Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. The Computer & Communications Industry Association opposes the legislation as reported out by the committee. The FISA Reauthorization Amendments…

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CCIA Announces New Hires In Washington and Brussels Offices

Washington — The Computer & Communications Industry Association is announcing new hires  in both its DC and Brussels Offices. Alexandre Roure starts Monday, November 27th in CCIA’s Brussels office, as Senior Manager, Public Policy, and Rachael Stelly recently joined CCIA’s Washington office as Policy Manager. Roure will be managing CCIA advocacy in Europe on data…

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EU Ministers Recognise Importance of Encryption to Ensure Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms

Brussels, BELGIUM — The General Affairs Council today adopted Conclusions calling for the strengthening of European cybersecurity across the EU.  Importantly, the Conclusions confirm “that strong and trusted encryption is highly important for properly ensuring human rights and fundamental freedoms in EU and for public trust in the Digital Single Market.”  However, they also note…

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