05.12.17

McCaul Statement on Cybersecurity Executive Order

Washington, D.C. – House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX) issued the following statement on President Trump’s Executive Order “Strengthening the Cybersecurity of Federal Networks and Critical Infrastructure.”

Chairman McCaul:I applaud the President’s signing of this cybersecurity executive order. Cybersecurity is of the utmost importance and requires continual effort and vigilance to deter and defend against the many adversaries we face. I am pleased to see the President recognize DHS’ role as the lead federal civilian agency in the protection of .gov and civilian networks.

“I just returned from leading a Congressional delegation to the doorstep of Russia’s cyber battleground in Estonia and Ukraine. Their leaders strongly relayed to us that Russian cyber aggression is real and they sustain intense daily cyber attacks impacting their energy and financial sectors as well as electrical grids and more. We have a lot to learn from their experiences, and I will continue to engage with those on the frontlines.  

“Over the last several years I have helped shepherd numerous cybersecurity bills, including the landmark Cybersecurity Act of 2015, which ensured DHS has the tools it needs to better protect federal IT networks and facilitate robust cyber threat information sharing with the government and private sector.

“I appreciate the past engagement from the White House and Secretary Kelly on this executive order, and I look forward to robust continued engagement in its implementation. In today’s dynamic threat landscape we must all work together to combat and deter cyber aggression from all enemies so we can best protect America’s digital networks.”

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