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SIIA Applauds Cybersecurity Commitment Announced in Tonight's State of the Union Address

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SIIA Applauds Cybersecurity Commitment Announced in Tonight’s State of the Union Address

Says Implementation of Executive Order Must Preserve Flexibility that Allows for Rapid Technological Innovation

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Feb. 12, 2013) – The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), the principal trade association for the software and information industries, tonight applauded President Obama’s State of the Union remarks about cybersecurity, and said that the way in which the Executive Order is implemented will determine its success or failure.  Ken Wasch, SIIA president, issued the following statement:

“SIIA congratulates President Obama and his Administration for making cybersecurity a priority.  We appreciate the President’s efforts to seek broad input in crafting the Executive Order signed today.  We are particularly pleased that the Executive Order excludes commercial information technology products and consumer information technology services from the definition of ‘critical infrastructure at greatest risk.’  The Administration is clearly seeking to advance American innovation with this effort, however, the way in which the Order is implemented will be critical in determining its success or failure.

“As we work with the Administration on implementation, a priority for our industry will be to avoid rigid regulations that impede the innovation that is essential for effective cybersecurity.

“A regulatory approach seeking to cover a broad, rapidly-evolving cross-section of industry would have the unintended consequence of slowing technological innovation and limiting our collective cybersecurity preparedness.  Therefore, it is essential that the Administration work with industry to implement the Executive Order in a way that retains necessary flexibility. Technological innovation must be allowed keep up with rapid developments pertaining to both cybersecurity threats and protections.

“To that end, we look forward to continuing to work closely with the Administration and congressional leaders to implement this policy.”

About SIIA
SIIA is the leading association representing the software and digital content industries. SIIA represents approximately 700 member companies worldwide that develop software and digital information content.  Information technology (IT) and software security are critical issues to SIIA’s members, many of whom strive to develop safe, secure and state-of the-art products that effectively serve their commercial and government customers alike, while protecting their intellectual property.  For more information, visit www.siia.net.