WASHINGTON — Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, spoke on the Senate floor Thursday in support of the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act. The legislation would improve cybersecurity in federal agencies and within private companies by enabling better information sharing. “The cyber threat we face today is real, and it is growing,” Sen. Johnson said. “Within the last year and a half alone, more than 20 top American companies and federal agencies have experienced major breaches.”
“Congressional oversight, including hearings held by my committee, the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, has shown agencies are not doing enough to protect their sensitive data. Our committee’s oversight hearings on the IRS and OPM data breaches revealed that basic cybersecurity hygiene and best practices would have stopped attackers in their tracks had they been in place at these agencies.”
“There is no easy solution, but there are things Congress can do to improve cyber security that might make cyberattacks more difficult,” Sen. Johnson continued. “I especially appreciate the collaboration of Sen. Carper in working with me to help craft Title II of the bill, the Federal Cybersecurity Enhancement Act, which was unanimously reported out of our committee. This bill will put federal agencies on track to implement common-sense cybersecurity solutions already in use at many companies, thereby improving the security of Americans’ data at federal agencies.”
Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.), chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, commended Sen. Johnson’s efforts Thursday on the floor of the Senate, saying, “Let me once again thank Chairman Johnson and Ranking Member Carper for the unbelievable contribution that both of them individually made in their committee.”
Watch Sen. Johnson’s full remarks here.