National Business Leaders Name Ruppersberger "Cyber Champion"

(Washington, DC) – Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, Ranking Member of the House Intelligence Committee (HPSCI), today received the “Cyber Champion Award” from BSA, the Software Alliance, for his leadership and commitment to the continued growth of a safe and secure digital world. The Software Alliance is an association representing leading software companies like Apple, Microsoft, Quest Software, Siemens and others.    
Together with HPSCI Chairman Mike Rogers, Congressman Ruppersberger worked across the political aisle to pass the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act in the House of Representatives by a strong bipartisan margin earlier this year.  The legislation breaks down the legal barriers that prevent the public and private sectors from sharing critical intelligence on cyber threats so American companies can better protect our nation’s networks from cyber attacks.  

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“It is an honor to receive the ‘Cyber Champion Award’ today,” Ruppersberger said. “U.S. websites and our nation’s networks are being attacked by foreign governments and criminal groups every day.  These groups are stealing our valuable trade secrets and stealing our jobs.  Our cyber bill allows these companies to protect themselves.”
“With the ‘Cyber Champion Award,’ we recognize the outstanding contribution Representative Ruppersberger has made to the safety of our networks,” said BSA President and CEO Robert Holleyman. “The award is our way of saying ‘thank you’ on behalf of an industry that depends on efforts to protect and grow the digital economy and create new jobs. We are grateful to Representative Ruppersberger for his tireless advocacy.”
HPSCI Chairman Mike Rogers and Ranking Member Ruppersberger received the award at a luncheon today in Washington, DC.  BSA established the “Cyber Champion Award” in 1998 to recognize policymakers for their leadership in promoting policies that strengthen the high-tech industry and create high-skill, high-wage jobs for millions of Americans.