Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) today supported passage of H.R. 3696, the National Cybersecurity and Critical Infrastructure Protection Act (NCCIP), a bill which was marked up in the House Homeland Security Committee today. The legislation aims to take steps toward protecting the United States from cyber-attacks on critical infrastructure, both physical and technical.
"The threat of cyber-attacks is real and is not limited to our bank accounts or e-mail; they threaten our electrical grid, mass transportation, and the management of water and gas pipelines," said Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, who is a co-sponsor of the legislation. "We take this threat seriously, and establish necessary public-private partnerships to protect our critical infrastructure. A large-scale attack on any of these sophisticated systems would have devastating impacts on families and communities across our country.
"The NCCIP Act is a first step toward strengthening our defenses against these kinds of cyber-attacks. It also guards personal privacy protections by requiring all Federal agencies to report, without delay, network data breaches involving personally identifiable data to the National Cybersecurity and Communications Information Center, as well notifying any potential victims."
Privacy, national security, and industry advocates have expressed support for the legislation. The bill will now await consideration and a vote by the full House of Representatives.