Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD), Ranking Member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, and Chairman Mike Rogers (R-MI) announce an open hearing on the cyber security threats facing our nation. The hearing will review the state of cyber security across the public and private sectors, evaluate information sharing and assess efforts to defend critical infrastructure and other systems from cyber attacks.
"Our nation's networks power our computers, our cell phones, our Blackberries, and our I-pods. They power the electrical grid that allows us to turn the lights on, the classified military and intelligence networks that protect the war-fighter on the battlefield and keep us safe here at home. The more we rely on our nation's networks to go about our everyday lives, the more vulnerable we become to an attack stopping us in our tracks. I look forward to evaluating the state of cyber security at this hearing and determining ways to make valuable improvements to protect our nation," said Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD).
"Examining the threat of cyber attacks against the United States is of utmost importance. The threat of cyber attacks continue to evolve. What started out as a kid in the basement hacking into a school computer to change a grade, has evolved into entire nation states focused and determined to exploit our nation's cyber systems," said Chairman Mike Rogers (R-MI). The Committee will review recent developments in the evolution of the cyber threat against the United States by nation state actors and others. Additionally, we will evaluate the status of the United States government's efforts at providing cyber security within the government, the status of cyber security in the private sector, and the sharing of government information, including intelligence information, with the private sector to enable it to better defend and protect our nation's most critical private systems."