Archive for May, 2013

How to Continue Improving CISPA in the Senate

posted by in Cybersecurity May 30, 2013

With last month’s House passage of the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA), the cybersecurity debate has now moved to the Senate, albeit quietly, as attention in the upper chamber has been intently focused on immigration. This lull in activity presents an opportunity for Senators to take stock of improvements that were made to the bill as it advanced through the House and begin forging agreement on what still needs to be done before the legislative process is over.

They begin in a good place, because there is widespread agreement (more…)

New Economic Research Confirms the Competitive Advantage of Properly Licensed Software

BSA has long highlighted the ways properly licensed software creates value for enterprises and economies. For example, a body of research shows that fully licensed software improves productivity and efficiency by reducing exposure to viruses and other security vulnerabilities — meaning fewer system malfunctions, downtime, and IT repair costs. It also comes with value-added services such as access to upgrades, patches, and manufacturer support services, including training and problem resolution. (more…)

Eight Ways the TTIP Can Be a Global Blueprint for Digital Trade

posted by in Global Markets May 15, 2013

There are a number of reasons the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) holds the potential to be a significant agreement. Not least of these is the fact that the United States and European Union together account for half the world’s output and a third of all trade. But when all is said and done, the most significant aspect of a US-EU trade pact could turn out to be its impact on global commerce and trade in the kinds of products and services that rely on exchanging information digitally.

As digital products and services like cloud computing roll out in markets around the world, data flows increasingly have become the lifeblood of companies large and small. Whether they are selling digital technologies or using them, companies operating in the global economy need to transmit data across borders. The TTIP can establish trade rules that stimulate this digital trade across the Atlantic — and set a precedent for the rest of the world. (more…)