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 Tech Delegation Meets Incoming Finnish EU Presidency In Helsinki

Helsinki, Finland — The Computer & Communications Industry Association is leading a delegation of tech companies to meet Finnish politicians and senior officials Tuesday and Wednesday ahead of Finland taking over the Presidency of the Council of the EU.  CCIA Europe will also present its EU tech policy recommendations. Finland will take over the Presidency…

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EU Ministers Approve Negotiating Mandates on Law Enforcement Access to Digital Evidence

Brussels, BELGIUM — Today, EU Justice Ministers adopted two negotiating mandates for bilateral and regional agreements to improve law enforcement access to e-evidence. The first negotiating mandate authorises the European Commission to enter into bilateral negotiations with the United States government to facilitate law enforcement access to digital evidence in criminal investigations on both sides…

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Mozilla Feature Diversifies Consumer Privacy Options Online

Washington — Mozilla announced in a blog post today an Enhanced Tracking Protection feature as a new default setting for its Firefox browser. This feature can block cookies other companies use to track users’ online behavior. The Computer & Communications Industry Association has long supported a regulatory environment that encourages diverse privacy models and competition.…

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