Today, CTIA President and CEO Steve Largent and the CEOs from AT&T Mobility, Bluegrass Cellular, Cellcom, Leap Wireless/Cricket Wireless, Sprint Nextel, T-Mobile USA, U.S. Cellular and Verizon Wireless, whose companies collectively serve 94 percent of America’s 322 million wireless subscribers, sent a letter to the Hill expressing support for H.R. 3523, the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act of 2011.
The bill, sponsored by House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Mike Rogers of Michigan and Ranking Member Dutch Ruppersberger of Maryland, will enable cyber threat sharing and to provide clear authority for the private sector to defend its own networks. This is critically important in today’s environment, where private sector networks are targeted every day by criminals and nation-state actors for cyber exploitation and theft.
This vital legislation, which enjoys bi-partisan support and was approved by the Intelligence Committee by a vote of 17 to 1, should be one of the first things Congress acts on when it returns next year. Enactment will help promote greater cybersecurity by permitting the private sector to expand its own cyber defense efforts and to employ classified information to protect systems and networks. Additionally, by helping facilitate the creation of a more robust cybersecurity marketplace, the bill may lead to expanded service offerings and more jobs for cybersecurity experts. Those are things our economy can surely use.