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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.

Mission Critical One-Pager

“Mission Critical: A Public-Private Strategy for Information Security” lays out a strategy for a more modern, flexible and collaborative approach to safeguarding America’s economic and national security assets from cybersecurity risks.

Alarmed by Growing Cybersecurity Threats, America’s CEOs Say More Effective Response Must Be Urgent National Priority

The CEOs of America’s leading companies today laid out a strategy to protect U.S. economic and national security from growing global cybersecurity threats. Their plan for developing a more modern, flexible and collaborative approach to protecting America’s strategic information assets is detailed in the new Business Roundtable (BRT) report, “Mission Critical: A Public-Private Strategy for Effective Cybersecurity.”

Mission Critical

This Business Roundtable public policy statement outlines a cohesive solution for managing new cybersecurity challenges in the coming decade. Business Roundtable CEOs believe strongly that the nation’s public and private-sector leadership must recognize the importance of addressing new cybersecurity threats, both at home and abroad.

Anticipating the Jobs and Competitiveness Council's report

President Obama will travel to Pittsburgh Tuesday to view a union worker-training center and then accept the release of the preliminary report of the President's Council on Jobs and Competitiveness. We're expecting good things from the report.

Steve Jobs, not just technology but beauty, as well

Steve Jobs beautifully brought together his experiences, education, vision and view of mortality in this 2005 commencement address to the students of Stanford University.

Innovation, immigration and intellectual property - a forum

Business Roundtable (BRT) and Harvard University, in partnership with Bloomberg, brought together seven BRT-member CEOs and seven presidents of prominent research universities for an innovation and jobs roundtable on Wednesday. During the private discussion, which took place at Bloomberg headquarters in Washington, participants identified common areas for policy action between the business and education communities, including: science-friendly immigration policy, federal prioritization of basic research, patent reform and protection of intellectual property, and greater incentives for R&D.

Business Roundtable to Unveil New Cybersecurity Strategy to Boost U.S. Economic and National Security

Ten years after 9/11, the CEOs of three leading American companies will release a strategy for smarter, more effective cybersecurity to bolster the resilience of information systems that undergird U.S. economic and military strength.

Business Roundtable Launches Information and Technology Initiative

Business Roundtable, an association of chief executive officers of leading U.S. companies, today announced the creation of the Information and Technology Initiative, which will address evolving information technology policy challenges facing America and foster innovative solutions that promote long-term economic sustainability.

Business Roundtable CEOs Release Internet Security Report

Business Roundtable, an association of 160 chief executive officers of leading U.S. companies, today released an extensive report detailing the alarming risks posed to businesses and the U.S. economy in the chance of a major Internet disruption. The report, "Growing Business Dependence on the Internet: New Risks Require CEO Action," cites the potential and widespread effects a cyber disruption could have on society and urges CEOs to take necessary action to ensure continuity of their businesses.


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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