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:

Thoughts On Information Sharing As Congress Introduces Cybersecurity Bill

Last week, after much anticipation and delay, the bipartisan Senate cybersecurity legislation, S. 2105 – Cybersecurity Act of 2012, was unveiled. Though it is laudable that Congress has begun in earnest to attend to the critical cybersecurity threats that face America, there has been little debate about the how information sharing and defense of critical infrastructure…

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CCIA Offers Data Privacy Comments

CCIA submitted comments to the Department of Commerce January 28th in response to the green paper they released in December entitled “Commercial Data Privacy and Innovation in the Internet Economy.” We applaud the Department of Commerce for undertaking the large task of addressing the complex and important issues surrounding consumer privacy and innovation on the Internet. The…

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CCIA Calls For Online Privacy Law Updates

Rep. Boucher, D-Va., is vowing to bring up privacy legislation in the House next year – regardless of which party ends up in control after the elections.  Last week, CCIA submitted a statement for the Senate Judiciary Committee’s hearing on how to update the Electronic Communications Privacy Act for the digital age.  CCIA’s statement focuses on how…

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