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House Republican Task Force Advances Cybersecurity Debate

BSA welcomes key recommendations for congressional action

Washington, DC — October 5, 2011 —

The Business Software Alliance (BSA) welcomed recommendations offered today by the House Republican Cybersecurity Task Force to guide congressional action on key cybersecurity issues.

“I applaud the recommendations put forward today by the House Republican Cybersecurity Task Force,” said BSA President and CEO Robert Holleyman. “Congressman Mac Thornberry and his colleagues have made a significant contribution to the debate that will help guide action in the committees with jurisdiction over cybersecurity issues.”

“BSA has long championed cybersecurity policies that will help foster a vibrant online marketplace in which government, citizens and businesses can use information tools with confidence and trust,” Holleyman said. “This is a shared responsibility — and that is why BSA has developed a comprehensive, global roadmap to build a highly integrated and functional policy response to today’s cyber threats.”

“I appreciate that the Task Force so clearly recognizes that the nature of our cyber infrastructure and the variety of threats we face make it essential for the public and private sectors to collaborate and share information,” said Holleyman. “BSA strongly supports creating a system of incentives for private companies to improve their cybersecurity technologies and practices, as the Task Force recommends. We also strongly support enacting a national data breach law that would simplify compliance. And we wholeheartedly agree with the Task Force that government should lead by example; that laws such as the Federal Information Security Management Act and the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act need updating; and that there needs to be greater international cooperation and coordination on cybersecurity — because the online world is global.”

“BSA looks forward to working with Members of Congress on these measures,” Holleyman said, “because securing cyberspace is critical to promoting growth and job creation throughout today’s economy.”

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