Defend American Businesses Against Cybertheft from China

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Target: President Barack Obama

Goal: Protect American businesses against cyber espionage from China

For many years, cyberthieves in China have hacked into U.S. businesses’ computers and networks in order to steal their ideas, innovations, and technology.  In a survey conducted in 2012 by the American Chamber of Commerce in China, 26% of participating U.S. companies said that data had been stolen from their businesses, and 42% believe that the problem of cybertheft is worsening.

Though concerns about cybersecurity had been brought up by President Obama to former Chinese chairman Hu Jintao in 2009, only trivial actions were taken and they had no long-lasting results.  However, Obama is scheduled to meet soon with China’s new leader, Xi Jinping. This may be another opportunity to discuss the cybertheft issue.

While it may be a good idea to continue to confront China about cyberattacks on the U.S., measures should also be taken within our nation to help ensure the protection of U.S. companies’ intellectual properties.  The U.S government, especially the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, should help businesses by building coalitions for cyber safety that can inform and update U.S. businesses on the best ways to defend themselves against cyberattacks.

By signing this petition you will help urge the U.S. government to confront China about its cyber espionage and to help U.S. businesses find ways to defend themselves against cyberattacks.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear President Obama,

In the past few years, China’s cyber espionage and cybertheft of intellectual property has become a prominent problem for U.S. businesses.  A survey conducted in 2012 by the American Chamber of Commerce in China showed that over one-fourth of participating companies had been victim of cybertheft, and almost half the companies believed that the problem was worsening.

Though China has done little in response to our confrontations about its cyber espionage in the past, it is a good idea to bring the issue up again in your June meeting with China’s leader Xi Jinping.  We must hope to bring this issue to China’s attention as it directly affects the development and well-being of U.S. businesses.

In addition to confronting China, measures should be taken so that businesses can learn to protect themselves from cybertheft.  We should work to build coalitions for cyber safety whose goals are to inform and update U.S. companies about information safety, the latest cyberthreats, and ways to defend against them.

By doing both of these things, we can be better assured that the innovations and technology of U.S. businesses are protected and that they can continue to thrive and grow.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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