April 18, 2012

Tech Sector Unites Behind Cybersecurity Plan
Final Legislation Should Include Cyber Threat Information Sharing
WASHINGTON, D.C.... The country’s major technology sector trade associations are urging the House of Representatives to approve a new national cybersecurity defense strategy that includes a balanced threat information sharing system.
“The United States’ information technology (IT) industry is the strongest in the world, driving economic growth, creating new businesses, generating jobs, and improving our national security. Cybersecurity innovation must outpace malicious cyber threat advancement,” the groups explained Wednesday.  “Our associations believe that targeted congressional action that both preserves and promotes innovation can contribute to a more resilient global digital infrastructure.  Cybersecurity is best realized through effective partnerships between the public and private sector, as the interests of government and industry are fundamentally aligned on this issue.”
In the run-up to House consideration of various cybersecurity proposals, much of the focus has centered on privacy protections contained in H.R. 3523, the bipartisan Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, authored by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers, R-Mich., and Ranking Member C.A. “Dutch” Ruppersberger, D-Md.  The Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT) and some other organizations have expressed a desire to see additional privacy protections included in the legislation.  The Information Technology Industry Council (ITI) and several of its member companies have talked at length with CDT about various options.
“We appreciate your work to ensure that these measures to improve cybersecurity adequately protect privacy.  We believe that progress on cybersecurity is an important step towards protection of personal information,” the tech sector groups wrote in their letter to House members.  “From the perspective of America's major innovators, there is no Republican cybersecurity or Democratic cybersecurity.  There is only American cybersecurity, where urgent action is needed now.”
“Consider the applications that we all rely on everyday -- online banking, social networking, picture sharing, health care systems access, music and movies, real-time weather and traffic reports.  Cybersecurity helps to protect the integrity and access to those systems and applications.  It protects our personal information.  Without a strong defense, individuals and the sites we rely on are jeopardized,” ITI president and CEO Dean Garfield explained.
The groups signing the letter, organized by ITI, are:

  • The Information Technology Industry Council
  • Bay Area Council
  • Computing Technology Industry Association
  • CTIA - The Wireless Association
  • Internet Security Alliance
  • Semiconductor Industry Association
  • Silicon Valley Leadership Group
  • Software & Information Industry Association
  • Technology CEO Council
  • Telecommunications Industry Association

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