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Lieberman-Collins Bill Provides Solid Framework for Senate Cybersecurity Debate, Says BSA

Letter urges robust and open floor debate to allow refinements and ensure passage of final legislation

Washington, DC — July 30 —

The Business Software Alliance today applauded reintroduction of the Cybersecurity Act of 2012 (S.3414). In a letter to Senators Lieberman, Collins, Rockefeller, Feinstein, and Carper, BSA expressed appreciation that the bill contains provisions to address key concerns for the software industry. The letter also expressed hope for robust floor debate to allow refinements and ensure well-crafted final legislation passes.

“We believe S.3414 creates a solid framework and foundation for the cybersecurity debate over the coming days,” said BSA President and CEO Robert Holleyman. “We hope there will be a robust and open debate on the floor and look forward to working with Senators on both sides of the aisle to ensure a well-crafted bill is passed.”

The bill now under consideration contains provisions to address several key concerns that BSA outlined in January, including improving real-time information sharing while meaningfully protecting privacy and civil liberties; reforming the Federal Information Security Management Act 2002; increasing cyber research and development; promoting cyber-education; and fostering better international cybersecurity cooperation.

BSA also has long championed leveraging market-based incentives in a voluntary system for protecting critical infrastructure. “The bill represents progress in the right direction toward a voluntary regime,” Holleyman said, “but we believe it should be amended to make clear that any new mechanism contemplated for protecting critical infrastructure must be truly voluntary.”

Click here to download a copy of BSA’s letter.


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The Business Software Alliance (www.bsa.org) is the leading global advocate for the software industry. It is an association of nearly 100 world-class companies that invest billions of dollars annually to create software solutions that spark the economy and improve modern life. Through international government relations, intellectual property enforcement and educational activities, BSA expands the horizons of the digital world and builds trust and confidence in the new technologies driving it forward.

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