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During the cybersecurity debate in recent years, the NAM has been clear on what actions we believe the government should take to address current cyber threats most effectively. We have communicated our priorities to leaders in both the
NAM members value the strong partnership they have with the public sector and believe that partnership should extend to cybersecurity efforts. The NAM encourages the federal government to advance cybersecurity preparedness through increased collaboration and coordination with the private sector.
In particular, manufacturers' top priority is allowing the voluntary sharing by the public and private sector of real-time threat information to allow manufacturers to better protect themselves from cyber threats. In contrast, under current law, the government is prohibited from sharing sensitive cyber-threat information with the private sector. Manufacturers are hesitant to share information with the government due to liability uncertainty and exposure. Companies also are not permitted to share information freely with their peers.
The NAM supported the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) of 2013 (H.R. 624), which the House passed earlier this year. This legislation, if signed into law, will allow the government to share timely and actionable threat and vulnerability information with the private sector. Mr. Chairman, as a member and former chairman of the
Manufacturers value the privacy of individuals and the need to protect personally identifiable information and civil liberties. We believe that any cybersecurity initiative the federal government undertakes separately or in partnership with the private sector should place a premium on ensuring this information is secure. At the same time, it is important to ensure that any effort does not grant the government any new authority in this realm or give the government the ability to monitor or censor private networks.
Developing a Cybersecurity Standards Framework
The NAM believes that the public and private sector must partner closely to establish the best way to defend against ever-changing cyber threats manufacturers face. We oppose, however, the creation of a static, regulatory-based regime. This approach will not enhance cybersecurity - it will do just the opposite.
The cyber threat that now confronts all entities in both the public and private sector is commonly known as the "advanced persistent threat" or APT.
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