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  • Cybersecurity Enhancement Act of 2013

    by Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson

    Posted on 2013-04-16

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    JOHNSON of Texas. Mr. Speaker, I yield myself such time as I may consume.



    I rise in support of H.R. 756, the Cybersecurity Enhancement Act of 2013.

    This is a good, bipartisan bill, and it is nearly identical to the legislation that passed the House by an overwhelming majority last Congress. I would like to thank my colleagues, Mr. Lipinski and Mr. McCaul, for their leadership and dedication to improving our Nation's cybersecurity.

    Almost every one of us uses a computer, a cell phone, and the Internet every single day. These technologies have greatly increased our productivity and connectivity, and they have become a key component of our economy. Unfortunately, if you pick up the newspaper, you're likely to see another story about a hacker bringing down a Web site, stealing credit card numbers, or gaining access to a company's intellectual property. We need to do what we can to help ensure that these sorts of cyber intrusions are minimized, and I am pleased that H.R. 756 addresses a number of critical issues: It strengthens public-private partnerships, guarantees a proactive and comprehensive research and development portfolio, ensures the development of robust cybersecurity standards, and trains the next generation of cybersecurity professionals.

    Both of the agencies covered in H.R. 756, the National Science Foundation and the National Institute of Standards and Technology, play important and unique roles in the Federal Government's effort to secure cyberspace. I strongly believe that these agencies and the activities they support are vital to our Nation's future prosperity. We not only need to protect the security of our current information systems, but we need to build the next generation of systems--systems that are more secure from the first time they're turned on.

    President Obama previously stated that cyber threats are ``one of the most serious economic and national security challenges we face as a Nation'' and that cutting-edge research and development and a commitment to science and math education are central to securing America's information and communication networks. I couldn't agree more.

    Cybersecurity is a critical issue, and it becomes more important day by day. Addressing this issue will not be easy, but it is absolutely necessary. H.R. 756 will help build up our cybersecurity capabilities through research and education. This is a good, bipartisan bill that should be included in any comprehensive effort to keep our Nation, our businesses, and our citizens safe from malicious cybersecurity attacks.

    Before I conclude, I would like to thank my staff and the majority's staff for their hard work on this bill. In particular, I would like to thank Marcy Gallo for her efforts on this bill in this Congress and in past Congresses as well. I look forward to working with my colleagues to make sure this bill makes it to the President's desk.

    I urge my colleagues to support H.R. 756, and I reserve the balance of my time.

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