Tech industry pushes on cybersecurity reforms

Specifically TechAmerica pushed for the passage of the Data Breach and Security Notification Act introduced by Sens. Mary Pryor (D-Ark.) and Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) last month. Under the bill, businesses would have to notify customers within 60 days if their data has been breached. They would also have to provide two years of free consumer credit reports to those impacted.

The group also supports the Information Technology Investment Oversight Enhancement and Waste Prevention Act of 2009 introduced by Sen. Thomas Carper (D-Del.) because it contains reform of the Federal Information Security Management Act, which is considered outdated and overly focused on compliance rather than active monitoring of networks. The House passed FISMA reform in May as part of the defense authorization act.

TechAmerica also wrote in support of additional investments in cybersecurity research and development, praising Sens. Rockefeller and Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) for including it in their comprehensive cybersecurity bill.

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