Mark Udall called it "disappointing -- and dangerous" that some of his colleagues in the U.S. Senate have filibustered and obstructed legislation aimed at strengthening the country's ability to prepare for and prevent cyberattacks on America's computer networks and the critical infrastructure they operate.
"The threat of cyberattack isn't impending -- it is here. And we already know many of the steps we need to take to mitigate or prevent these attacks. The only thing getting in the way is politics," Udall said. "If we don't strengthen our defenses, our computer networks will be increasingly vulnerable to attacks, which have already been launched against such critical systems as our nuclear infrastructure, financial institutions and water treatment facilities. One of our core responsibilities in the Senate is to defend our nation against any threat to our national security. Unfortunately, filibusters are not only jamming up Congress, but also jamming our ability to defend against cyberattacks."
Udall introduced amendments earlier this week to the Cybersecurity Act of 2012 to help prepare the country to confront cyberattacks, including permanently establishing cyber-defense training programs at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs.
Although the Cybersecurity Act of 2012 fell victim to a filibuster, the U.S. Senate could take it up again after the August recess.