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Mrs. MYRICK. I want to say a big thanks to the chair and to the ranking member for all of their months of hard work on putting this cybersecurity bill together, and it is a bipartisan Intelligence Committee bill.
We all know the private sector is a very diverse world that includes reputable companies but also grey market suppliers and counterfeiters, and State-owned enterprises and other entities that often act against the national security interests of the United States, as well as other private companies.
The information technology sector, in particular, includes companies that are associated with some foreign governments and militaries and intelligence services of nations that attack the United States in cyberspace daily.
State and local entities, along with the private sector, don't have the resources, the capabilities, or the information necessary to address these cybersecurity threats. This bill creates a necessary mechanism for the Federal Government to share its informational resources and cybersecurity threat analysis with the private sector and with State and local entities.
The purpose of the bill is to transmit important
cybersecurity information from the Federal Government to the private sector, not vice versa. The bill would empower the private sector to begin taking necessary steps to protect itself from cyberattacks, some they don't have any clue are happening.
Ultimately though, it's going to be important for Congress and the Federal Government to continue the debate on cybersecurity to determine how to best confront the changing threats because this world is changing daily, and the Federal Government can't leave those responsibilities solely to the private sector, especially, like the chairman already mentioned, countries like China that are continuously developing cyberwarfare capabilities and the cyberattacks that they commit against the Western companies and infrastructures and government entities we all know about.
So I urge my colleagues to vote ``yes'' on this important piece of legislation and an important step in trying to protect the private sector in this country.
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