For Congress to confront cybersecurity, reps push to ramp up cyber literacy

A bipartisan pair of Home lawmakers on Tuesday pushed for assist in enhancing literacy on the subject of cybersecurity, expressing urgency on the matter earlier than the U.S. experiences a “doomsday”-like assault.

Because the anticipated incoming chair of the Home Power and Commerce Committee, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) stated the problem can be a prime focus within the subsequent Congress when the GOP may have the bulk.

“We have to do extra training, have some hearings round what the rising menace round cyberattacks are,” Rodgers advised The Hill’s Contributing Editor Steve Clemons on the Threat to Reliance occasion held on the Bipartisan Coverage Heart.

She stated that such assaults are impacting a wide range of completely different industries, rising the necessity for dialogue with specialists on the matter. 

“I imagine that it is vital that we deal with it sector by sector the place the specialists, those that are on the entrance traces, have the chance to return in and inform us what they’re experiencing,” Rodgers stated. “It’s our future.” 

Rep. Jim Himes (R-Conn.), in the meantime, echoed comparable sentiments, saying that conversations round sure points surrounding cybersecurity would have elicited intense reactions when he entered Congress over a decade in the past.

“I got here to Congress in ‘09 when the phrase ‘cyber’ would elicit the identical confusion that crypto asset token elicits immediately,” Himes stated.  

Himes stated he believes it is going to take one other ransomware assault such because the one which hit the biggest gasoline pipeline within the nation, Colonial Pipelines final summer season, to cement the necessity for elevated understanding on this problem in Congress.

“Sadly, it’s going to take one other Colonial Pipelines or worse to create the urgency which is able to remedy the literacy drawback,” Himes stated. 

Himes stated that america didn’t study sufficient from the assaults, as it’s important that officers additional put together and educate themselves on potential “doomsday” assaults.  

“We don’t, on common, have 150 IQs, we’re consultant of the folks. My level is, we’re not specialists, proper,” he stated.