Today I wrote on behalf of SIIA to express support for the Cybersecurity Act of 2013 (S. 1353). SIIA is dedicated to maintaining and expanding the partnership between the private sector and the government to address our collective cyber security challenges, and we believe S. 1353 will help accomplish this objective.
Today’s cyber threats are more sophisticated and targeted than ever and are growing at an unprecedented rate. Cybercrime perpetrators have evolved from simple, low-budget hackers into cutting-edge state-sponsored threats, or well-financed criminal operations that contribute to a multi-million dollar cybercrime industry.
A critical cybersecurity priority for SIIA is to preserve IT innovation and technology neutrality. Additionally, SIIA has worked closely with the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) across a wide range of initiatives to facilitate and support the development of voluntary, industry-led standards, and we believe NIST has a critical function to play in leading this effort in the development of cybersecurity standards and best practices for critical infrastructure. And SIIA is strongly supportive of efforts to enhance cybersecurity research and development, and to improve the cyber workforce and enhance education and public awareness of cybersecurity.
SIIA supports S. 1353 because it would accomplish these critical objectives for protecting the Nation from cyber threats.
Ken Wasch is President of SIIA. Follow the SIIA Software team on twitter at @SIIASoftware.