CTIA's semi-annual survey, that was released Friday, April 13th, showed the astounding result of a 123 percent increase in data traffic on the nation’s wireless networks.
The statistics highlighted in the survey underscore the significance of what will transpire this week in the U.S. House of Representatives as it is set to consider a number of measures intended to enhance America’s ability to avoid cyber-attacks and protect consumers.
As noted in Vice President of Government Affairs Jot Carpenter’s blog post, the centerpiece of this week’s activity will be consideration of the bipartisan Cyber Information Sharing and Protection Act (H.R. 3523). CISPA is the single most important thing Congress can do to help improve our nation’s cybersecurity profile.
In order to handle the significant demand by consumers to access the mobile Internet anytime and anywhere, improved cybersecurity is a cornerstone to the industry’s value to the nation’s economy and consumers. The good news is that the wireless industry has a wealth of expertise, existing technology and standards and resources that focus on cybersecurity 24/7. The tools contained in CISPA are critical to unleash the technical resources that the wireless industry and government can bring to bear on the challenge without expanding the scope of the regulatory regime or an expenditure of all too scarce federal resources.
Without compromise to privacy, enactment of CISPA will promote greater cybersecurity by permitting the private sector to leverage its own cyber resources in a coordinated way with government entities through information sharing thereby improving protection for the nation’s systems, networks and consumers.
The cybersecurity marketplace should be a hallmark of innovation for the nation. CISPA will lead to expanded research, service offerings and more jobs for cybersecurity experts. CISPA will grow the pool of resources and expand the spectrum of technologies that the wireless industry can draw from for the benefit of consumers and the nation’s economy.