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CISPA Effectively Addresses Threat of Cybercrime

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Threats to our nation's cybersecurity are real and growing. Just like individuals, private companies and the marketplace are vulnerable to cybercrime. Tougher laws, smarter regulations, and improved information sharing will help protect U.S. national security and economic interests, but there is no single, simple solution that can make the problem go away. These threats are real, and in many respects, they represent the new front line in protecting America.

Legislating cybersecurity policies is not an easy task. A fine line runs between beneficial public/private information sharing and causing irreparable harm to vital U.S. commercial interests. The CEO members of the Business Roundtable, leaders of companies that are often the targets of cybercrime, believe that the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, known as CISPA, creates a framework for sharing of cybersecurity information between the government and the private sector in a manner that is effective but not overly intrusive.

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For example, the legislation authorizes the Director of National Intelligence to implement collaborative, real-time information sharing capabilities between the public and private sectors. The Business Roundtable believes this approach could lead to the integration of the full resources of the U.S. government, including defense, intelligence, homeland security, diplomatic, economic, and trade assets. At the same time, the legislation provides essential protections from disclosure of sensitive corporate information.

The solutions embodied in CISPA also address many of the information-sharing challenges that the Business Roundtable has identified in its recent policy paper, "Mission Critical: A Public-Private Strategy for Effective Cybersecurity." The paper presents a strategy to protect U.S. economic and national security from growing global cybersecurity threats through modern, flexible and collaborative approaches to protecting America's strategic information assets.

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By avoiding a top-down, bureaucratic, check-the-box approach to cybersecurity that cannot respond effectively to either the rapidly evolving threat environment or the reality of privately owned and operated information assets, CISPA represents the best, most flexible, and effective approach to developing a more robust and responsive cybersecurity infrastructure.

The Business Roundtable, an association of chief executive officers of leading U.S. companies with over $6 trillion in annual revenues and more than 14 million employees, believes CISPA is a very positive and important piece of legislation that should be approved by Congress this year.

Cordell Carter

About Cordell Carter Vice President of the Business Roundtable.


Other Arguments

209 Pts
CISPA Is Dangerously Vague

No – CISPA Is Dangerously Vague

Rainey Reitman Activism Director for the Electronic Frontier Foundation

181 Pts
CISPA Not the Right Way to Achieve Cybersecurity

No – CISPA Not the Right Way to Achieve Cybersecurity

Kendall Burman Senior National Security Fellow at the Center for Democracy & Technology

153 Pts
CISPA Lacks Protections for Individual Rights

No – CISPA Lacks Protections for Individual Rights

Sharon Bradford Franklin Senior Counsel at the Constitution Project

-125 Pts
CISPA Will Improve U.S. Cybersecurity

Yes – CISPA Will Improve U.S. Cybersecurity

Matthew Eggers Senior Director of National Security and Emergency Preparedness for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce

-137 Pts
CISPA Is a Model of Bipartisan Legislating

Yes – CISPA Is a Model of Bipartisan Legislating

James K. Conzelman President & CEO of The Ripon Society.

-139 Pts
Mike Rogers: CISPA Defends America From Internet Predators

Yes – Mike Rogers: CISPA Defends America From Internet Predators

Mike Rogers Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence

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