Business Roundtable is an association of chief executive officers of leading U.S. companies working to promote a thriving economy and expanded opportunity for all Americans through sound public policy.
American strength in information and technology is both a significant competitive advantage and a platform for expansive economic growth and opportunity. Business Roundtable supports policies that will leverage America’s strengths while safeguarding U.S. information and technology assets in a complex global environment. Challenges include policies that enable more intelligent and effective cybersecurity protection, global information technology (IT) policies that maximize the value of information in an interconnected world, and IT trends and their impacts on economic growth and business innovation.
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With the spread of information and telecommunications technologies across the economy, the daily operations and long-term value of most economic enterprises in America now depend on the capabilities and security of their information systems. Moreover, the capacities and security of these systems have become critical elements of U.S. technological and economic leadership. As strategic economic assets, these systems must be protected. The government has a prominent role to play in this security realm.
Leading Examples of Change: Deploying IT for Social Development focuses on five key areas of life in 21st century America: education, healthcare, personal finance, public administration, and entrepreneurship. Each of these areas is confronting new issues and fundamental challenges given the abundance of information and data in today’s world, the rapid pace of technological change, and an increasingly more integrated and global economy.
We write to ask for your attention to an urgent threat to intellectual property rights (IPR), which are key to the well-being of innovative and technology-driven companies doing business in U.S. and international markets.
Business Roundtable endorsed the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act of 2011 (H.R. 3523), as introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-MI) and Ranking Member Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD), and praised the Intelligence Committee for its near unanimous approval of the important legislation.
We are writing to express the Business Roundtable’s support of H.R. 3523, the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act of 2011, and to urge passage of this critical legislation.