Department of Homeland Security
Science and Technology Directorate, Chief Information Office
245 Murray Drive, Mail Stop 0202
Washington, D.C. 20528
Subject: Support Anti-Terrorism by Fostering Effective Technologies Act (SAFETY Act) comment request (docket number DHS–2019–0010)1
Dear Ms. Cantey:
The Cyber SAFETY Act Coalition, whose members represent nearly every sector of the U.S. economy, strongly supports the SAFETY Act program. We appreciate the substantial efforts that Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS’) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) officials devote to managing the program, including vetting and approving SAFETY Act applications and meeting with the business community in multiple forums.
The coalition is pushing Congress to pass the Cyber SAFETY Act (CSA), along with increased funding for the SAFETY Act Office at S&T. This paper describes the need for CSA and presents a workable solution.2
Indeed, innovative cyber technologies are protecting America from foreign threats. The public and private sectors have a shared interest in ensuring that the SAFETY Act protects these technologies. CSA will facilitate the voluntary creation and deployment of leading cyber technologies that many stakeholders are demanding. Some cyber technologies may not be deployed except for SAFETY Act safeguards.