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January 2013

Business leaders press for better information-sharing about cyber threats

By Jennifer Martinez
The Hill
Business leaders unveiled a proposal on Wednesday that’s aimed at boosting the security of American companies’ computer infrastructure against cyberattacks from hackers.

The Business Roundtable, which represents the chief executives of top U.S. companies, is calling for Congress to pass legislation aimed at improving the sharing of information about malicious source code and other cyber threats between government and industry so companies can thwart cyberattacks in real-time.

Business Roundtable President John Engler said improving information-sharing — rather than implementing top-down regulations — is key to preventing hackers from siphoning companies’ valuable intellectual property or attacking their computer systems.