Policy Issues

Roundtable Calls for Congress to Pass Cyber Security Bill, Increase Digital Competitiveness

September 26, 2018

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The Roundtable and six other national trade organizations sent a joint letter on cybersecurity policy to all members of the U.S. Senate. The letter urges Congress to pass the bipartisan Cyber Diplomacy Act (H.R. 3776) that will advance America’s public and private efforts to safeguard cyberspace and enhance the nation’s economic competitiveness in a global digital economy. 

The bill – introduced by House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA) – passed the House in January, was reported out of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations in June and is currently under consideration by the Senate.

H.R. 3776 would task the State Department with establishing a unified Office for Cyberspace and Digital Economy, which would consolidate efforts relating to international cybersecurity, internet access, internet freedom, digital economy, cybercrime, deterrence, and international responses to cyber threats. 
 
The Sept. 26 joint letter states, “We believe that a focused, centralized, and appropriately placed office led by an ambassador-rank official would aid U.S. cybersecurity and digital economy efforts. We believe that enactment of this bill would send a powerful message that the U.S. intends to preserve and protect a secure, reliable, and open internet.”