OCT 02, 2017 | GLOBAL
A Cybersecurity Agenda for the Connected Age
BSA | The Software Alliance outlines elements for effective cybersecurity government policy
WASHINGTON — October 3, 2017 — The world is more connected now than ever, with half the world’s population currently online.1 However, these online connections create risk, including large-scale data theft, privacy violations, phishing scams, ransomware, and malicious information operations that affect millions of people in the United States and around the world each year. In total, cybercrime will cost up to $6 trillion by 2021 – equivalent to nearly half of today’s US GDP. 2 In addition, these threats erode trust in the online environment, disrupt global commerce, and cause physical damage to critical infrastructure, ultimately putting lives at risk.
To address this reality, cybersecurity practices and tools must defend the integrity, privacy, and utility of the Internet ecosystem. BSA | The Software Alliance has released an agenda, “Security in the Connected Age,” to define elements that US cybersecurity policy should address. These include promoting a secure software ecosystem, creating a stronger government approach to cybersecurity, pursuing consensus for cybersecurity action, developing a 21st century cybersecurity workforce, and advancing cybersecurity through digital transformation.
“Cybersecurity policies should be rooted in the realities of today’s complex global digital economy,” said Victoria Espinel, President and CEO of BSA | The Software Alliance. “This agenda can play a key role in helping policymakers evaluate and prioritize legislation that will most effectively strengthen our cybersecurity.”
Turning this agenda into policy solutions will require close collaboration between the private and public sectors. BSA urges the US government to partner with industry to:
- Promote a secure software ecosystem by creating industry benchmarks, developing tools to understand critical information, and strengthening security research and vulnerability disclosure;
- Strengthen government’s approach to cybersecurity by modernizing government IT, harmonizing federal cybersecurity regulations, and incentivizing adoption of the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s framework;
- Pursue international consensus for cybersecurity action by supporting international standards development, as well as adopting and streamlining international security laws;
- Develop a 21st century cybersecurity workforce by increasing access to computer science education and opening new paths to cybersecurity careers; and
- Advance cybersecurity by embracing digital transformation, leveraging the potential of emerging technologies and forging innovative partnerships to combat emerging risks.
BSA hopes the US government will expand its leadership role in improving cybersecurity, both domestically and abroad. Working together, government and industry can help the world’s citizens reap the benefits of the digital economy while protecting safety, security, and privacy. To view the full agenda, visit bsa.org/USCyberAgenda.
1 International Telecommunications Union, “World Telecommunication/ICT Indicators Database,” 21st Edition, July 3, 2017. http://www.itu.int/en/ITU-D/Statistics/Pages/stat/default.aspx.
2 Cybersecurity Ventures, “Hackerpocalypse: A Cybercrime Revelation,” https://cybersecurityventures.com/hackerpocalypse-cybercrime-report-2016/.
소프트웨어 연합(BSA | The Software Alliance, 이하 BSA)(www.bsa.org)은 각국 정부를 대상으로 세계 시장에서 전 세계 소프트웨어 업계를 대변하고 옹호하는 선도적 연합체입니다. 세계의 가장 혁신적 기업들이 회원사로 참여하며 경제에 활기를 불어 넣고 현대의 생활을 향상시키는 소프트웨어 솔루션을 만들어 내고 있습니다.
워싱턴 DC에 본부를 두고, 30개국이 넘는 국가들에서 운영되는 BSA는, 합법적 소프트웨어 사용을 증진시키고 기술 혁신을 촉진하며 디지털 경제의 성장을 추진하는 공공 정책을 지지하는 준법 프로그램들을 선도합니다.