Ruppersberger, Taylor Introduce Bipartisan Resolution to Set National Cyber Policy
(Washington, DC) – Congressmen C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD) and Scott Taylor (R-VA) today introduced a bipartisan resolution calling on the United States to adopt a clear and comprehensive cybersecurity policy. The resolution (H.R. 200) aims to define an act of aggression, an act of war, and other related events in cyber space. The resolution also directs the adoption of a commensurate response to cyber aggression.
“No longer does war take place on land, at sea, in the skies or in space –it’s about time we recognize that cyberspace is the battlefield of the 21st century,” Ruppersberger said. “Every day, terrorists, organized criminals even state actors such as Iran and North Korea are honing their cyber skills, threatening our critical infrastructure, safety and economy. It’s not ‘if’ an attack occurs – but when – and we must have a clear and comprehensive cyber strategy in place when that day arrives.”
“The United States must be a world leader on the issue of cybersecurity,” Taylor said. “The cyber world has been the Wild West for too long. The potential cyber capabilities, for good or bad, that we possess now on our smartphones are greater than the most powerful computer just 20 years ago. Our nation must keep up with the ever-changing landscape to protect our citizens, our critical infrastructure, and our nation from being put at risk or attacked."
Ruppersberger and Taylor serve together on the House Appropriations Committee. Ruppersberger is former Ranking Member of the House Intelligence Committee and represents a district home to the U.S. Cyber Command at Fort Meade, Maryland.
Nine cyber “megabreaches” occurred in 2015, each resulting in the compromise of more than 10 million personal identities. One such cyber attack targeting the federal Office of Personnel Management compromised the personnel data of 22 million federal workers and retirees.