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What is Business Roundtable

Business Roundtable (BRT) is an association of chief executive officers of leading U.S. companies working to promote sound public policy and a thriving U.S. economy.

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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.

About BRT

As business leaders representing every sector of the economy, Business Roundtable members understand the value of information technology as platforms for expansive economic growth and opportunity. We are committed to policies that will maximize and safeguard U.S. information and technology assets in a complex global environment.

Business Roundtable Applauds DHS Plans for Improved Public-Private Cybersecurity Information Sharing

Business Roundtable released the following statement from Julie Sweet, North American CEO of Accenture and Chair of the Business Roundtable Technology Committee, regarding the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) recent commitment to improve public-private cybersecurity information sharing:

Business Roundtable Comments on Updated Cybersecurity Framework

Ms. Andrea Arbelaez
National Institute of Standards and Technology
100 Bureau Drive, Mail Stop 2000
Gaithersburg, MD 20899
Dear Ms. Arbelaez:
Re: Comments on Cybersecurity Framework Version 1.1 Draft 2

Support for the Modernizing Government Technology (MGT) Act of 2017

On behalf of the CEO members of Business Roundtable, I am writing to express our support for the Modernizing Government Technology (MGT) Act of 2017 (S. 990) and request that you include the MGT Act as part of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2018 (S. 1519).

Business Roundtable Announces New VP to Head Tech, Cyber Efforts

Business Roundtable today announced that Denise Zheng, a recognized expert in technology policy, has joined the CEO-member association as Vice President. Zheng will oversee the Technology, Internet and Innovation Committee. Zheng comes to Business Roundtable from the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), where, as a Senior Fellow and Director of the Technology Policy Program, she focused on cyber and emerging technology issues.

Business Roundtable Comment Letter to FCC on Broadband Internet Access

Business Roundtable supports a light-touch regulatory framework for broadband Internet access (“broadband”) service, as the FCC revisits its 2015 order to classify broadband service.

Letter to Rep. Hurd Supporting the MGT Act

We believe that the MGT Act promotes sound policies that advance public and private sector priorities. By investing in innovative technologies and strengthening federal cybersecurity, the federal government can ensure its delivery of enhanced essential services.

Comments on Draft Update of the Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity

We believe that NIST’s leadership in developing the voluntary and risk-based framework has improved our nation’s cybersecurity posture. Unlike prescriptive, one-size-fits-all regulations, the Framework provides the management of all sizes of organizations with a flexible approach to evaluate their cybersecurity posture as threats and vulnerabilities evolve.

BRT Letter on Enhanced Cyber Risk Management Standards

[Our] following comments on the proposed regulations encourage a more flexible and risk-based approach to cybersecurity that complements existing cybersecurity requirements and results in better cybersecurity outcomes for everyone.

Letter to NY Department of Financial Services on Proposed Cybersecurity Rule

BRT urges New York State Department of Financial Services to revise its proposed rule on Cybersecurity Requirements for Financial Services Companies to adopt a more risk-based approach and avoid overlapping national requirements and guidance.


Committee Priorities

Business Roundtable members are advancing cybersecurity protection top-down in the private sector by creating and resourcing corporate programs to manage cybersecurity risks. They believe Congress and executive branch departments and agencies should deploy smart cybersecurity policies that facilitate new levels of domestic and international collaboration to combat escalating threats – beginning with increased information sharing with the private sector. To ensure the success of meaningful public-private information sharing, Business Roundtable supports legislation to create the requisite legal and privacy protections. The Roundtable also urges Congress to exercise care in mandating cybersecurity standards. Congress should monitor the development of cybersecurity standards by executive branch agencies before acting in this area.

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Recent actions by major countries have the effect of fragmenting the Internet, including the flow of data across national borders (e.g., mandated in-country server location). In a global economy, we believe that such barriers needlessly hamper the creation of innovative products and services, adoption of information-based business models and use of scalable global business operations. Business Roundtable promotes globally consistent information technology policies that ensure market-friendly conditions for cross-border information management.

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While the United States has always been a world leader in technology, public policies have often not kept pace with the rapidly evolving marketplace. For U.S. companies to grow and prosper over the next decade and beyond, Business Roundtable members support U.S. efforts to create a globally competitive policy framework that fosters innovation and facilitates the productive and secure use of information technology.

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