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Congressmen Taylor and Ruppersberger Introduce Resolution to Develop Cybersecurity Policy

March 16, 2017
Press Release
Contact: Scott Weldon (202) 225-4215

WASHINGTON D.C.- March 16, 2017—Congressmen Scott Taylor and Dutch Ruppersberger announced the introduction of a resolution for the United States to adopt a clear and comprehensive cybersecurity policy. The resolution (H. Res. 200) aims to have the United States define an act of aggression, an act of war, and other related events in cyber space. The resolution also directs the adoption of a commensurate response to cyber aggression.

Congressman Taylor had this to say about the resolution: “The United States must be a world leader on the issue of cybersecurity. The cyber world has been the wild west for too long. The potential cyber capabilities, for good or bad, that we possess now on our smartphones are greater than the most powerful computer just 20 years ago.  Our nation must keep up with the ever-changing landscape to protect our citizens, our critical infrastructure, and our nation from being put at risk or attacked."

Congressman Ruppersberger stated: “No longer does war take place on land, at sea, in the skies or in space. It’s time we recognize that cyberspace is the battlefield of the 21st Century. Every day, terrorists, organized criminals even state actors such as Iran and North Korea are honing their cyber skills, threatening our critical infrastructure, safety and economy.  It’s not “if” an attack occurs – but when – and we must have a clear and comprehensive cyber strategy in place when that day arrives.”

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