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:

  • EU, News & Events, Privacy & SecurityCCIA Calls for a Proportionate EU Data Act Brussels, BELGIUM — Today the Computer & Communications Industry Association filed comments on the policy and legislative options that the European Commission is considering in its upcoming Data Act, expected to be published later this year.  In May, the European Commission published a roadmap envisaging new rules on when and under which conditions companies may…
  • EU, News & Events, Privacy & SecurityEU Court Backs Data Protection Enforcement Consistency Brussels, BELGIUM — The EU Court of Justice has ruled that data protection authorities, under limited circumstances, can go after companies that do not have the main establishment in their EU Member State. Consistent interpretation and enforcement of data protection rules ensure that organisations operating in several Member States cannot be judged twice for the…
  • EU, News & Events, Privacy & SecurityCCIA Welcomes Improved EU Data Transfer Tool Brussels, BELGIUM — The European Commission has adopted a new data transfer mechanism. The revamped model contracts, formerly known as “Standard Contractual Clauses” or SCCs, are the most popular legal instrument that companies operating in Europe use to transfer data abroad. Unlike its predecessor, the new SCCs can be used by a wider range of…