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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.

More Than Leaders. Leadership.

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.

BRT CEO Letter to Senate Leaders Regarding Provisions in S. 3414

Thank you for prioritizing cybersecurity as part of the legislative agenda in 2012.   The growing cyber-threat to our economic and national security is alarming and calls for intelligent public and private sector action. 

Business Roundtable Hires Elizabeth Gasster as Vice President of Information & Technology and Regulatory Reform

For BRT, Gasster will oversee a variety of policy and regulatory initiatives as they relate to cyber security and the Internet, permitting, energy production, health care coverage, labor, transportation and transparency, among other issues.

BRT Warns of Trend to Increase Local Data Server Requirements;

In a report released this week, Business Roundtable (BRT) expressed concerns about the emerging threat posed by local data server requirements now being implemented in several countries.

Promoting Economic Growth through Smart Global Information Technology Policy” focuses on the significant downside of requiring the use of server infrastructure within the borders of a country, rather than allowing businesses flexibility to determine the most secure, reliable and economically effective locations for servers. 

Global IT Policy Report

Promoting Economic Growth through Smart Global Information Technology Policy

Roll Call Op-ed - Engler: There’s Still Plenty to Do on This Trade Agenda

The facts today confirm that world trade — exports and imports — is more essential than ever to U.S. economic growth and job creation, having risen from 20.4 percent of our nation’s gross domestic product in 1990 to 31.5 percent in 2011.

BRT Praises House for Bipartisan Approval of CISPA

In a statement today, John Engler, President of Business Roundtable (BRT) praised the U.S. House of Representatives for its bipartisan approval of H.R. 3523, the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA).

BRT Letter to House on Mission Critical: A Public-Private Strategy for Effective Cybersecurity

There should be no Republican approach or Democratic approach to cybersecurity – these threats demand bipartisan, consensus-driven solutions.

Taking Action for America

We, the CEOs of Business Roundtable have a plan to revitalize U.S. economic growth and job creation. We believe that America’s business leaders have an obligation to bring their real-world experience on economic matters to public policy, especially in a time of widespread joblessness and economic distress. Job creation depends on economic growth, which cannot occur unless businesses are free to innovate, invest and grow. Taking Action for America is a comprehensive plan to jump-start new business investment and knock down barriers to economic growth.

Taking Action for America: Protecting U.S. Technology Assets with Effective Cybersecurity

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.


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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