It is also important that Congress follow up on CISPA by continuing to examine what additionally can and should be done to protect Americans from the threat of cyber-attacks.
These measures should be largely voluntary, flexible and incentive-based because most critical infrastructures are privately owned. We must avoid a bureaucratically directed regulatory heavy hand, which will be slow and ineffective given how rapidly threats change and adapt and the fact that different companies and sectors face different threats and have unique vulnerabilities.
Instead, Congress must continue to take steps allowing the private sector to expand its own cyber-defense efforts in order to harness private-sector drive and innovation, while also keeping the government out of the business of monitoring and guarding private-sector networks.
Rep. Tom Marino (R-Pa.) is a member of the Foreign Affairs, Homeland Security and Judiciary committees.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.