. Manufacturers in
Manufacturers recognize that we face very specific challenges in achieving these goals. In particular, in pursuing our goal to be the world's leading innovators, our industry faces constant threats from nefarious actors in cyberspace attempting to access our IP and operations unlawfully. These threats endanger our continued economic growth and safety of our citizens.
Thus, the NAM believes that we need to develop appropriate general and industry-specific best practices for improved cybersecurity. In formulating cybersecurity policy, we support a public-private partnership that draws on industry best practices.
The cybersecurity debate has moved forward significantly this year, and the business community has the leadership of you, Mr. Chairman, and Ranking Member Thune to thank for that. Your bill represents a sensible, bipartisan, non-regulatory approach to an issue of utmost importance to the manufacturing industry. Manufacturers support creating an industry-led, voluntary standards development process, strengthening the cybersecurity research and development strategy inside the federal government, creating a high-skilled cybersecurity workforce and raising public awareness of cyber threats.
The introduction of this bill has also effectively signaled to the business community and to your
Manufacturers and Cybersecurity
Manufacturers are entrusted with vast amounts of data through their comprehensive and connected relationships with customers, vendors, suppliers and governments. They are responsible for securing the data, the networks on which the data run and the facilities and machinery they control at the highest priority level.
In addition, manufacturers are the owners, operators and builders of our nation's critical infrastructure. They manufacture and use the temperature controls regulating the grain silos that store our nation's food supplies. They build and manage the systems operating the traffic signals that govern the rules of the road. Manufacturers make technology products ranging from nanoscale electronic devices to fighter jets. They build and run the energy plants that power our homes and businesses and the heavy machinery exploring the oil and gas fields that make America competitive.
In addition, manufacturers leverage technology to design, produce and deliver these products. Technology is also used to manage, monitor and secure key facilities and products, including trade secrets and patents.
These products, controls, systems, patents, trade secrets and all other tools that differentiate manufacturers in
The stakes are high. What was once only the concern of businesses' IT departments has now become an important issue throughout manufacturing facilities, large and small. Leaders of manufacturing enterprises know they have to secure their networks, their controls and their data. In fact, in a recent NAM membership survey, 96 percent of respondents said they have ongoing efforts to strengthen their information technology networks and protect their IP to reduce their risk. More than 90 percent have upgraded their IT assets, and more than half have hired outside cybersecurity experts.
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