Improving our nation’s cyber-infrastructure is of critical importance for national and economic security. Cyber-attacks can have a devastating impact on both government agencies and manufacturers, which dampens our economic growth and competiveness. Manufacturers are pleased President Obama has put forward a plan to help improve our nation’s defenses against harmful attacks.

The plan announced by the Administration includes many key reforms sought by manufacturers, including better collaboration between private industry and the government to identify and respond to threats and attacks. Policies which draw on industry wide best practices and partnership with the government are vital for manufacturers continue to lead in responding to new threats. 

We look forward to working with both the Administration and Congress as they begin to discuss cybersecurity reforms. 

Brian Raymond is director of technology and domestic economic policy, National Association of Manufacturers.