ManuFACTS:Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Protection
Supporting Manufacturers’ Efforts to Adopt Good Cyber-hygieneIs Critical to Our National and Economic Security
• Internet-based attacks on businesses are rising, and protecting our nation’scyber-infrastructure is of critical importance to manufacturers and otherAmerican businesses.• Viruses, hacker intrusions, spyware and spam can lead to lost or stolen data,computer down time, decreased productivity, compliance issues, lost salesand even loss of reputation for businesses of all sizes.• Manufacturers believe effective cybersecurity legislation builds on the coopera-tionand trust developed between industry and government to protect America’sinformation infrastructure.• Manufacturers also build and manage the infrastructure that makes up theInternet. Technology-neutral open standards and best practices will allowmanufacturers who act as network operators the speed and flexibility to keepcyber-criminals in check.• Encouraging manufacturers to adopt industry-standard best practices throughincentives is the best way to ensure innovation while addressing the evolvingthreats to our nation’s security. In contrast, mandates on the use of specifictechnologies or standards would unduly inhibit innovation.
How Congress Can Help
• Support legislation that allows the private sector to continue developing appropriate general and industry-specific best practices for improved security and avoids imposing a prescriptive regulatory framework.• Encourage government officials to share timely and actionable threat and vulnerability information with theprivate sector.• Support policies that require all cybersecurity solutions to be technology-neutral, open, interoperable, and toincorporate industry-based best practices and standards.• Support business incentives that encourage small and medium manufacturers to adopt good cyber-maintenance practices.
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