Gardner renews call for permanent Select Committee on Cybersecurity
December 12, 2016
U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy, today renewed his call to establish a permanent Select Committee on Cybersecurity in the U.S. Senate in light of reports that the Intelligence community concluded Russian hackers attempted to influence the presidential election:
"Cybersecurity policy is one of the most significant and complex challenges facing Congress, yet the Senate's current structure to address cyber attacks remains inefficient. According to the Congressional Research Service, at least 19 standing committees between the House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate have held hearings related to cybersecurity. That's why I'm renewing my call for the creation of a permanent Select Committee on Cybersecurity, which would be narrowly focused on providing oversight of our strategy to protect sensitive data, defend our networks, and to deter malicious cyber actors," said Gardner.
"Recent reports from our intelligence community concluded that Russia attempted to influence the U.S. presidential election, serving as yet another reminder of the host of emerging threats in cyberspace. These allegations must be thoroughly investigated, and I will continue to work with my colleagues to address the sanctioning of Russia and specifically, bad actors identified following an investigation."