Congress paying close attention to cyber risk to federal networks, critical infrastructure

By Erin Ayers on April 10, 2017

While the White House has not issued a previously expected executive order on the nation’s approach to cybersecurity, Congress has kept busy investigating cyber risks to businesses, critical infrastructure, vehicles, and citizens.

Both the US House of Representatives and the Senate have held numerous hearings on cyber issues. The general consensus? The federal government must do more to protect data and systems from an increasingly aggressive cyber threat landscape.

Earlier this week, the House Homeland Security Committee met to discuss the Department of Homeland Security’s efforts to secure federal networks. Chairman Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas) commented that legislation would soon be drafted to centralize cybersecurity defense within the DHS.?

However, during that hearing, it was also noted that the DHS had missed a deadline to submit its own cyber strategy to Congress. Jeanette Manfra, acting deputy undersecretary for cybersecurity at the DHS, reported that the agency is working on it.

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Erin is an editor at Advisen. She has 15 years of journalism experience. Prior to Advisen, Erin covered property-casualty insurance for 13 years as editor-in-chief of The Standard, New England’s Insurance Weekly. Erin is based in Boston, Mass. Contact Erin at