Cybersecurity has been a recurring issue in America. Major businesses like Target and Sony have endured security breaches. The federal government’s Office of Personnel Management (OPM) failed to secure tens of millions of people’s personal information, which is a threat to our national security and puts people at risk of identity theft.
The House acted early, passing bills to help solve these problems and improve our cybersecurity. Now, these policies are included in the upcoming appropriations bill and will soon be signed into law. These policies will:
- Promote responsible and voluntary information about cyberthreats
- Protect privacy by requiring companies to remove any personally identifiable information before sharing
- Provide liability protections to companies that share information in a responsible manner
- Establish the Department of Homeland security as the sole portal for companies to share information with the federal government, stopping unnecessary confusion
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said the following on the inclusion of House-passed cybersecurity language in the year-end appropriations bill:
“This time of year, many Americans go online to shop and celebrate the holiday season. But as we have seen too many times in recent years, some of the biggest and most trusted names in business have been hacked, leaving personal and financial information of Americans vulnerable. These types of events place our economy on unsettled footing. Even more unsettling is our government’s inability to identify and thwart these threats. The House acted earlier this year—as we have done in years past—to put into place infrastructure that allows the government and private sector to work together to keep our personal information safe. These House-passed policies becoming law is an important step to increase our defenses against damaging cyberattacks.”
For years, we’ve known that so much of our digital world is unsecure and new policies are needed to help defend against cyberattacks. After years of House leadership on this issue, important security bills will finally be signed into law.