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 & EventsICANN Hires Encryption Expert Encryption pioneer Whit Diffie is taking on a new challenge as vice president of information security and cryptography at the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers. Diffie is credited with solving the problem of key distribution for cryptology in the late 1970s. He spent much of his career at Sun Microsystems and was most…
  • Blog, Privacy & Security, USCCIA Joins Broad Coalition to Recommend Updating Privacy Laws for Digital Age Privacy laws need to be updated to accommodate the realities of fast paced technological innovation and digital progress. That’s the message of a broad coalition of consumer groups, companies, and academics who announced a new advocacy group today, called Digital Due Process. The Computer & Communications Industry Association joined with the coalition to issue recommendations…
  • News & EventsHoward Schmidt Appointed Cybersecurity Chief The Computer & Communications Industry Association is issuing the following statement in response to President Obama’s appointment of Howard Schmidt to serve as the nation’s cybersecurity chief. The following statement can be attributed to CCIA spokeswoman Heather Greenfield: “With momentum building on Capitol Hill to move cybersecurity legislation, this appointment comes at a critical time…