11.29.16

McCaul: Bills Strengthen International Cybersecurity Cooperation

WASHINGTON D.C. – Cybersecurity is a top national security challenge and an issue that Congress continues to grapple with. Today, the House of Representatives passed two pieces of legislation to increase the sharing of cyber threat information with a key international partner, Israel. These bipartisan bills enhance our cybersecurity capabilities through research and development and strengthen cyber cooperation.

Chairman McCaul:Israel is a world leader in cybersecurity and innovation, and these bills strengthen a cooperative partnership with a critical ally in the Middle East. I applaud increased collaboration with partners around the world to enhance joint efforts of countering cybersecurity threats. We must continue to leverage innovative solutions and enhance strategic partnerships to better secure our digital domain. I commend the work of my Committee—and Rep. Ratcliffe’s and Rep. Langevin’s leadership in particular—on getting these important cybersecurity measures across the finish line.

NOTE: Earlier this year Rep. John Ratcliffe and Rep. Jim Langevin traveled to Israel to meet with their cybersecurity counterparts to discuss how the U.S. can collaborate with Israel on cybersecurity efforts moving forward. The two bills that passed the House today are areas in which they identified we can do more to increase our partnership.

Legislation passed today includes:

  • H.R. 5877, the United States-Israel Advanced Research Partnership Act of 2016, introduced by Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-TX), promotes cooperative homeland security research and counterterrorism programs relating to cybersecurity.
  • H.R. 5843, the United States-Israel Cybersecurity Cooperation Enhancement Act of 2016, introduced by Rep. Jim Langevin (D-RI), establishes a grant program at the Department of Homeland Security to promote cooperative research and development between the United States and Israel on cybersecurity.

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