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Cybersecurity legislation needed in the US

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Acknowledging the importance of cybersecurity, the Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid recently composed a letter to U.S. Chamber of Commerce CEO Tom Donohue about the necessary legislation to support the fight against cybercrime. 

"Malicious cyberactivity poses one of the most profound threats to our nation; yet, our government currently lacks a framework with which to confront this threat," Reid wrote in his letter. "To put it candidly, we are playing catch-up in an increasingly costly - and potentially deadly - game."

With the government realizing the dangers posed by cybertheft, businesses across the United States should make an investment in a type of business insurance that can protect them from risks such as cybersecurity breaches, phishing and similar attacks.

In his letter, Reid pleaded with Donahue to support a number of cybersecurity bills being considered by the Senate.

According to Fierce Government IT, James Lewis, director and senior fellow in the technology public policy program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, said the increased mobility of many businesses, as well as the reliance on telecom companies, internet service providers and cable companies, means business leaders and legislators must be more conscious of cybersecurity.

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