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March 02, 2023

Thompson, Swalwell Release Statement on National Cybersecurity Strategy

(WASHINGTON) – Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, and Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA), Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Protection, released the below statement on the Administration’s release of its National Cybersecurity Strategy:

“The National Cybersecurity Strategy released today continues the Biden-Harris Administration’s ambitious approach to cybersecurity and we commend the Office of the National Cyber Director for leading this critical national security effort. 

“In this Strategy, the Administration has committed to a full-court press – pledging to leverage authorities, capacity, and expertise from agencies across the FECB, DoD, and Intelligence Community to make our digital ecosystem more resilient and more secure. We support the Administration’s aspirations to better coordinate federal efforts to disrupt malicious cyber campaigns, become a more effective security partner to the private sector, and ensure we are prepared to defend against the threats of the future by investing in R&D and growing a more diverse cyber talent pipeline. 

“But the Federal government cannot tackle the cybersecurity challenges our nation faces alone.  We must ask more of the private sector, building on the collaborative partnerships the Biden-Harris Administration has worked hard to develop over the past two years.  As cyberattacks increase in frequency and sophistication, smart, well-harmonized, performance-based security requirements for critical infrastructure could help ensure the critical infrastructure we rely on every day is sufficiently resilient to keep operating in the wake of a compromise. 

“We also share the Administration’s commitment to shifting the responsibility for securing cyberspace on those best positioned to do so and we are eager to explore opportunities to incentivize security-by-design so that consumers no longer bear the brunt of the rush-to-market.

“As authorizers for the Department of Homeland Security, we will also work to ensure that the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency is well positioned and appropriately resourced to carry out its responsibilities.

“We applaud the Biden-Harris Administration’s continued commitment to improving our nation’s cybersecurity posture – and look forward to working with our partners in the Executive Branch and across the aisle to advance the goals the National Cybersecurity Strategy.”

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