McCaul to Hold Hearing Tomorrow Examining DHS’ Cybersecurity Roles and Responsibilities

Mar 12, 2013 Issues: Cybersecurity

Washington, D.C. – The House Committee on Homeland Security, chaired by Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas), will hold a hearing entitled “DHS Cybersecurity: Roles and Responsibilities to Protect the Nation's Critical Infrastructure”  tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. in 311 Cannon House Office Building.

At the hearing, Under Secretary Lute will testify regarding the Department of Homeland Security’s cybersecurity mission, capabilities, and needed capacity building to ensure the safety of the nation’s critical infrastructure from cyber attack. Members of the private sector will also share their perspectives on the role of DHS in facilitating the cybersecurity of privately owned and operated critical infrastructure.

Chairman McCaul on the hearing: “Advances in technology that connect utilities, industries and information in real time have changed the nature of the threats facing our homeland. Digital networks are now a conduit to our gas lines, power grids and transportation systems, therefore enemies throughout the world using the Internet have the potential to silently deliver a devastating cyber attack to our country.

“Tomorrow’s hearing will examine cyber threats facing the United States and explore how Congress can build upon the Department of Homeland Security’s efforts to prevent cyber attacks in a way that promotes U.S. commerce, while not hindering its expansion. The public sector and privately owned companies that make up our critical infrastructure are up to the challenge–and Congress must aid them in creating lines of communication that will enhance our ability to see and stop destructive digital warfare.

“In recent months we have seen worldwide cyber attacks against the U.S. come to light, and it has never been more important for us to work together to defend against them.”

Subcommittee Chairman Patrick Meehan on the hearing: “Our critical infrastructure – our banks, energy suppliers, communications, transportation and health care networks – is more vulnerable to cyberattack than ever before. The recent denial of service attacks on our nation’s banks demonstrates that America’s adversaries are developing the tools capable of causing widespread disruption.

“Tomorrow’s hearing will give the committee’s members an opportunity to examine in-depth the steps our government is taking to prevent these attacks, and the actions that still need to be taken to ensure our nation’s security and continued prosperity.”

WEDNESDAY, March 13 at 10:00 a.m.
Full Committee
DHS Cybersecurity: Roles and Responsibilities to Protect the Nation's Critical Infrastructure
311 Cannon House Office Building
Witness List:

Panel I

·         Hon. Jane Holl Lute, Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Panel II

·         Mr. Anish B. Bhimani, Chairman, Financial Services Information Sharing and Analysis Center

·         Mr. Gary W. Hayes, Chief Information Officer, Centerpoint Energy

·         Ms. Michelle Richardson, Legislative Counsel, American Civil Liberties Union

*Opening statements, witness testimony, and the live video feed will be available HERE.