Science Committee to Hear Recommendations for Better Protecting Americans from Cyber Attacks
In the wake of revelations last year that hackers stole the personal information of more than 20 million Americans from federal government databases, two subcommittees of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee are holding a joint hearing tomorrow to learn from private sector information technology experts what can be done to better protect Americans. The hearing will be conducted by the Research and Technology Subcommittee – where Congressman Dan Lipinski (IL-3) serves as Ranking Member – and the Oversight Subcommittee.
Lipinski has been at the forefront of protecting Americans from cyber attacks. In 2014, a bill he first introduced in 2010, the Cybersecurity Enhancement Act, was signed into law as part of broader legislation focusing on American cybersecurity. His bill increased the security of federal networks and information systems, improved the transfer of cybersecurity technologies to the marketplace, trained a cybersecurity workforce, and coordinated and prioritized federal cybersecurity research and development efforts.
“It is no secret that cyber threats have gotten much worse over the past few years,” said Rep. Lipinski. “More than 20 million Americans had their personal information stolen when the federal government was hacked, and tens of millions of others have suffered from attacks on private companies. Systems critical to our nation have also been attacked, presenting the potential for large scale harm to our national security and economy. While the Cybersecurity Enhancement Act helps defend individual Americans as well as our nation, there is more work to be done. I look forward to hearing about how innovative security practices can better protect us from these threats.”
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