WASHINGTON – Today, global tech trade association ITI issued the following reaction to the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency’s (CISA) Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce:
"Workers across the information technology sector are playing a more essential role than ever in enabling critical infrastructure, helping businesses stay online, and keeping citizens connected," said John Miller, ITI’s Senior Vice President of Policy. "These workers are critical to supporting health care providers, manufacturing technology products and components, securing and servicing critical data centers, delivering food and essential needs to communities, keeping out-of-school students engaged, and enabling governments to respond to this global health crisis. Ongoing support of IT workers, including authorizing them to perform critical tech-based operations, during this time is critical. We commend CISA for quickly providing comprehensive guidance to define essential workers and appreciate their collaboration with industry stakeholders during the process. We urge state and local officials to follow the federal government’s lead and reflect this key guidance in their jurisdictions."