NCTA Supports New Cybersecurity Bill

Backs just announced bill to create cybersecurity czar

NCTA has come out firmly in support of a new cybersecurity bill just introduced by Senators Jay Rockefeller (D-WVA) and Olympia Snowe (R-ME).

"We strongly support the creation of the Office of the National Cybersecurity Advisor," said NCTA president Kyle McSlarrow, "and applaud Senators Rockefeller and Snowe for introducing this important legislation that addresses the critical issues of how we can protect our nation's cybersecurity. As the nation's leading broadband industry, we look forward to participating in a constructive dialogue about how we can maintain a safe and secure Internet."

Among other things, the bill would create a cybersecurity czar, actually a National Cybersecurity Advisor in the Executive Office of the President. He would report directly to President Obama, coordinating with government and industry.

In announcing the bill, Snowe's office said the goal was to extend the same kind of protection the government accords its own networks to private companies involved in critical infrastructure, including telecommunications.


NCTA Backs House Cybersecurity Bills

Argue they will provide "flexible and adaptable" policy that relies on industry best practices rather than prescriptive government rules that will be outdated before they can be enforced