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With Coalition Partners, BSA Offers a Proposal to Bolster Cybersecurity

New plan builds on past successes to fully operationalize public-private partnership

Washington — March 8, 2011 —

The Business Software Alliance (BSA) today joined three other industry associations and a leading civil liberties group to unveil a comprehensive roadmap for bolstering cybersecurity and protecting critical, cyber infrastructure through an enhanced partnership between the private sector and government.

The coalition today proposed a seven-point program that builds upon the Obama administration‘s Cyberspace Policy Review. The roadmap outlines shared roles and responsibilities to fully operationalize the Partnership for Critical Infrastructure Protection, which was established in 2006 under the federal government’s National Infrastructure Protection Plan. To date, this public-private framework has driven the development of standards and best practices, created a National Cyber Incident Response Plan and conducted successful Cyber Storm exercises, among other achievements.

“The technology industry and government agencies have proven they can work together successfully on cybersecurity,” said BSA President and CEO Robert Holleyman. “The important thing now is to fully operationalize that framework. The new plan BSA and its partners are releasing today provides a how-to manual for policymakers. It builds on the strengths of both industry and government, and it details roles and responsibilities for identifying and mitigating threats.”

The recommendations come in a white paper, “Improving our Nation’s Cybersecurity through the Public-Private Partnership,” released today by BSA, the Center for Democracy & Technology, the Internet Security Alliance, TechAmerica and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Click here to download a copy.

“Strategically, there’s no question that expanding the existing partnership between industry and government is the best way to continue strengthening America’s cybersecurity,” said Holleyman. “Given the complexity of the threat, no one organization is capable of addressing it alone. Moreover, the majority of US-based information networks and critical infrastructure is owned by the private sector. Likewise, most of the tools we need to protect the country’s cyber infrastructure have been developed in the private marketplace.”

“I hope these new recommendations pave the way for an expanded and reinvigorated collaboration between industry and government on cybersecurity,” Holleyman added.

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The Business Software Alliance ( is the world’s foremost advocate for the software industry, working in 80 countries to expand software markets and create conditions for innovation and growth. Governments and industry partners look to BSA for thoughtful approaches to key policy and legal issues, recognizing that software plays a critical role in driving economic and social progress in all nations. BSA’s member companies invest billions of dollars a year in local economies, good jobs, and next-generation solutions that will help people around the world be more productive, connected, and secure. BSA members include Adobe, Apple, Autodesk, AVEVA, AVG, Bentley Systems, CA Technologies, Cadence, CNC/Mastercam, Compuware, Corel, Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corporation, Dell, Intel, Intuit, Kaspersky Lab, McAfee, Microsoft, Minitab, PTC, Progress Software, Quark, Quest Software, Rosetta Stone, Siemens, Sybase, Symantec, and The MathWorks.

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