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Ruppersberger Issues Statement on President Biden’s Cybersecurity Executive Order

May 13, 2021
Press Release

(Washington, DC) – Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, a member of the Appropriations’ Homeland Security and Defense subcommittees, today issued the following statement applauding the Biden-Harris Administration’s Executive Order to confront the threats to our nation in cyberspace:

“As a Member of Congress who has spent nearly two decades focusing on cyber issues, this order has been a long time coming. We live in a digital world but have failed to make the investments necessary to defend and protect the modern way of life, until now. This order both lifts long-established barriers and implements fresh initiatives that will make a real difference.

For example, this order requires federal agencies to work together on cyber incident reporting and builds better security collaboration into federal contracts. It also jump-starts a Cyber Safety Review Board that will create a review process for significant cyber attacks similar to the investigations conducted after air and rail accidents. It advances several important security measures in the software supply chain and takes steps to defend against basic security threats by adopting multi-factor authentication and data encryption. It requires agencies to implement more modern logging practices, which creates digital footprints that aid investigations and remediation following cyber intrusions.

As the EO states, the federal government must lead by example. We can’t expect American citizens and businesses to prioritize cybersecurity if we don’t. As an Appropriator, I will continue to champion resources for the federal government’s mission in cyber defense and I look forward to working with the Biden Administration and my colleagues in Congress to advance our common security goals