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May 02, 2019

Thompson, Richmond Statement on Cyber Workforce Executive Order

(WASHINGTON) – Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, and Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-LA), Chairman of the Committee’s Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection and Innovation Subcommittee, released the following statement on news the President signed an Executive Order directing the federal government to strengthen the nation’s cybersecurity workforce:

“We have known for some time that the national and global demand for skilled cybersecurity professionals was quickly outpacing supply. These are the cybersecurity experts who stand on the front lines protecting our critical infrastructure, Federal agencies, and our most sensitive data.

“As Chairmen of the House Committee on Homeland Security and the Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Innovation, we have been urging the Administration to take this threat seriously for some time, and hope today’s Executive Order signals the start of a real national effort to grow and diversify the cyber talent pipeline.  We plan to hold the Administration accountable to the commitments it has made in today’s Executive Order.  In the meantime, the Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Innovation will hold a hearing focused on building a more robust cyber talent pipeline on May 21.”

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