Congressman Patrick Meehan, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Security Technologies, released the following statement on today's Homeland Security Committee hearing on Cybersecurity.
"Today's hearing made clear the threat of cyberattack is real, and it's imminent. Our nation must focus first on preventing and then on stopping cyberattacks," said Rep. Meehan. "To sufficiently protect networks, there must be a clear, cohesive process for sharing information about threats and effective deterrence methods. This means disseminating information from the sources in both the government and in the private sector that have developed intelligence and the systems of deterrence that can stop cyberattacks. The Department of Homeland Security is making progress in this area, but there is still much work to be done."
Today's hearing, titled "DHS Cybersecurity: Roles and Responsibilities to Protect the Nation's Critical Infrastructure", included testimony from the Hon. Jane Holl Lute, Deputy Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, and private sector stakeholders in the cybersecurity industry.
"Our goal at the Committee on Homeland Security is to put preventive methods in place to secure our nation from an attack on our critical infrastructure systems while protecting the privacy rights of American citizens. I am glad that Deputy Secretary Lute and the Department of Homeland Security's senior leadership sees the importance of cybersecurity and the vital role that the Department plays in ensuring the tools are in place to prevent an attack," Meehan said.