MAR 30, 2020 | US
CISA Significantly Expands List of 'Essential Critical Infrastructure' Workers
Nextgov, March 30, 2020
By Mariam Baksh
Over the weekend, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency added to its list of areas where workers should continue their regular operations amid “stay-at-home” orders under guidance the White House recently issued regarding management of the coronavirus pandemic.
Following CISA’s release of the original list, trade associations for the tech industry urged state and international governments to similarly classify workers for their operations as essential.
“BSA and its members believe that shelter-in-place orders and related policies limiting business operations should include exclusions, consistent with these CISA recommendations, to maintain vital functions performed by Information Technology (IT) and IT infrastructure,” BSA | The Software Alliance, wrote in a letter to US governors.
In a March 26 press release, Aaron Cooper, vice president of global policy for BSA, added: “We urge governments around the world to adopt exceptions, as was done in the guidance from the US Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), in identifying IT and related services as essential during stay-at-home orders.”
BSA | The Software Alliance (www.bsa.org) is the leading advocate for the global software industry before governments and in the international marketplace. Its members are among the world’s most innovative companies, creating software solutions that spark the economy and improve modern life.
With headquarters in Washington, DC, and operations in more than 30 countries, BSA pioneers compliance programs that promote legal software use and advocates for public policies that foster technology innovation and drive growth in the digital economy.