The legislation, introduced by my colleague from Texas, Republican Rep. Michael McCaul, promotes much-needed research and development to help create new technologies and standards that better protect America’s information technology systems.
The bill also works to increase cyber- security awareness, education and workforce development in a fiscally responsible and bipartisan way. The Science Committee is scheduled to consider the bill March 14, representing a significant step in Congress’ larger efforts to address the nation’s cybersecurity needs.
Cybersecurity is critical to our national and economic security. Any real solution must adapt to changing technology and tactics while also protecting private sector companies, public institutions and personal accounts from devastating and damaging cyberattacks.
Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, is chairman of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee.
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.