Davis Hosts Cybersecurity Listening Session
U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) hosts a cybersecurity listening session with academic and private sector IT experts and law enforcement officials. With recent cybersecurity breaches at companies like Equifax, Target, and others, cybercrimes and cyberwarfare have become more frequent and serious threats to American consumers. Davis heard from IT experts at companies like State Farm, academia like Illinois State University (ISU), and law enforcement to learn more about what is needed to address these growing threats and protect consumer information.
The House has been working to protect against cybersecurity threats within the federal government and small businesses and in May, President Trump signed the Executive Order “Strengthening the Cybersecurity of Federal Networks and Critical Infrastructure.”
HR 2105, NIST Small Business Cybersecurity Act – Passed the House earlier this month.
Requires the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to consult with other federal agencies to disseminate, and publish on its website, standard and method resources that small businesses may use voluntarily to help identify, assess, manage, and reduce their cybersecurity. NIST produces and updates cybersecurity guidance for the public and private sectors that businesses can choose to follow.
H.R. 5459, Cyber Preparedness Act of 2016 – In September 2016, the House passed the Cyber Preparedness Act of 2016 which enhances preparedness and response capabilities for cyber-attacks and bolsters the dissemination of homeland security information related to cyber threats.
Goals of the Executive Order:
Help secure Federal networks that operate on behalf of American citizens;
Improve coordination with industry to protect the critical infrastructure that maintains our American way of life;
Strengthen our cyber deterrence posture, and;
Promote the development of a highly capable and sustainable cybersecurity workforce.