Next week, the U.S. House of Representatives is set to consider a number of measures intended to enhance America’s ability to avoid cyber-attacks. CTIA applauds this effort to enhance America’s national and economic security.
As CTIA has said for months now, we strongly support CISPA and urge every Representative to support it next week. It’s the single most important thing Congress can do to help improve our nation’s cybersecurity profile and protections for its citizens.
Why does the wireless industry support CISPA?
We support this legislation because our members, who are on the front lines in defending America’s communications networks from attack, believe it will promote robust and effective voluntary information sharing of cyber threat information between and among government and private sector partners. It will do this with appropriate privacy protections, as well as with the sort of immunity from lawsuits that will genuinely incent sharing of cyber threat information that will help our nation get ahead of the challenge.
As my colleague, John Marinho, CTIA’s Vice President for Technology and Cybersecurity, mentioned in a recent post, the silver bullet here really is a partnership. A top-down regulatory approach will inevitably take on an adversarial nature, while a voluntary partnership holds the promise of true collaboration and cooperation. And what’s more, the framework contained in CISPA can be implemented without expanding the scope of the regulatory regime or an expenditure of all too scarce federal resources.
Enactment of H.R. 3523 will help promote greater cybersecurity by permitting the private sector to better leverage its own cyber defense efforts in a coordinated fashion with government entities through information sharing to protect the nation’s systems, networks and consumers. Additionally, by helping facilitate the creation of a more robust cybersecurity marketplace, the bill will lead to expanded research, service offerings and more jobs for cybersecurity experts. Those are things our nation and our economy can surely use.