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Smith: Coordinate R&D to Prevent Cyberattacks

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 Americaís 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 Congressí larger efforts to address the nationís 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.

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