Congress Still Grappling With Cybersecurity Concerns
Experts say networks on Capitol Hill lag in basic protections

Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden, seen here at a 2015 #Hack4Congress event at Google’s offices in Washington, is one of several lawmakers who have pushed for improved security for congressional computer networks. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Lawmakers and their staffs have been aware for years that their internet communications could be prime targets for both foreign and domestic spies.

But after last year’s hacking of the Democratic National Committee by Russian operatives, many are reassessing security protocols that once seemed sufficient — even overbearing — and finding them lacking.

Defending Against a Cyberattack on Democracy
Campaigns and operatives taking prevention into their own hands

A woman with her daughter casts her vote in North Las Vegas, Nevada, on Election Day last fall. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Congressional campaigns rocked by Russian interference in the 2016 elections are trying to make sure that it never happens again.

Campaigns and elections are top targets for future cyberattacks. So campaign committees and campaigns themselves are taking steps to bolster security staff and training.

Trump, White House Trade Jabs Over Russian Hacking
Obama spokesman calls it a ‘fact’ that hacks benefited Trump’s campaign

The White House said Wednesday it held off on pointing the finger at Russian hacking because President Barack Obama didn’t want to be seen trying to help Hillary Clinton while also trying to protect intelligence agencies. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images file photo)

President-elect Donald Trump and the Obama White House traded barbs Thursday over alleged Russian hacking aimed at influencing the U.S. election, with a top Obama aide charging that the cyberthefts hindered Hillary Clinton’s campaign.

Trump fired the first salvo with a morning tweet, declaring that the White House and Democrats were only investigating and talking about alleged Kremlin-backed hacking because Clinton lost an election the party expected to win. The White House shot back later, with Obama’s top spokesman all but saying that Russian President Vladimir Putin was directly involved in the alleged hacking.

Obama Pitches Budget's Cybersecurity Plan — At Length

Copies of Obama's fiscal 2017 federal budget are seen for sale Tuesday at the U.S. Government Publishing Office in Washington. (Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

After submitting his final spending plan to Congress on Tuesday, President Barack Obama touted his record and delivered a sales pitch for nearly $20 billion he says is needed to secure America’s cyber-footprint, a perhaps unexpected but entirely needed push, he said.  

Obama is pitching a 35 percent hike in cybersecurity funding across the sprawling federal apparatus, saying the United States is increasingly at risk to attacks on its information infrastructure.