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House Passes Cyber Deterrence and Response Act of 2018

September 6, 2018
Press Release
Contact: Timothy Foster (202) 225-4215

Washington, D.C. – Yesterday, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 5576, the Cyber Deterrence and Response Act of 2018, introduced by Representative Ted Yoho (FL-03) on April 18, 2018. This legislation would create a three-step process for identifying, deterring, and responding to malicious, state-sponsored cyber attacks. The bill specifically provides for the President, acting through the Secretary of State, to outline specific criteria that qualify an actor and/or action as having undertaken or constituting a critical cyber threat and sanctions that the United States may pursue as recourse for such an attack.

“I have long been a proponent for the United States to adopt a comprehensive cybersecurity policy that outlines America’s role in the digital domain and have introduced legislation to encourage the Administration to define a cyber act of war, aggression, and disruption. We need to recognize that our limits are now defined by our cyber capabilities, and if we want to remain a global authority we need to become involved in writing the rules that govern cyberspace. This bill is a good step in defining America’s role in the digital age, and will encourage allies to work with us to promote democratic principles across the internet and around the world,” said Congressman Scott Taylor.

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