Rep. Katko Introduces Bipartisan Legislation to Improve America's Response to Cyber Threats, Coordinate Security Efforts Between Public and Private Entities

March 28, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Representative John Katko (NY-24) today acted to improve America’s cybersecurity preparedness by introducing the Cybersecurity Advisory Committee (CSAC) Authorization Act of 2019.

This bipartisan legislation establishes an advisory committee comprised of highly skilled cybersecurity professionals responsible for protecting enterprises from every major business sector. CSAC will be a valuable cyber resource providing unparalleled insight and expertise to the Director of Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and the Department of Homeland Security. Representative Katko is joined by Representatives Dan Lipinski (IL-03), Dan Newhouse (WA-04), and Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-01) in introducing this critically important legislation.

“All Americans are susceptible to cyberattacks, and, as Ranking Member on the Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection & Innovation Subcommittee, I am committed to working to address and improve our cyber protections,” said Rep. Katko. “The bipartisan measure I’ve introduced today takes steps towards equipping the agencies within the Department of Homeland Security with the necessary tools to respond to evolving cyber threats.  By creating a Cybersecurity Advisory Committee, we can facilitate a vital dialogue between public and private partners and better secure the U.S. I’m grateful for the support of our private partners for this initiative, including the National Technology Security Coalition, and I look forward to working with them to expand public-private engagement in cybersecurity.”

“Congress needs to pass legislation to keep our country ahead of serious threats to our cyber infrastructure. Significant progress will be achieved if the public and private sectors better align their cybersecurity efforts,” said Rep. Lipinski.

“Whether it is state actors from North Korea to Russia, hacktivists or cyber-criminals targeting consumer and personal data, Cybersecurity is a serious national and economic security issue that our country will continue to face over the decades to come. It is the responsibility of DHS to work with public and private sector stakeholders to secure networks to protect critical U.S. infrastructure – 85 percent of which is owned and operated outside of the government. This legislation is an important first step to ensure DHS has the information to address this challenge on every front and the tools it needs to carry out this mission,” said Rep. Fitzpatrick

“Cyber threats remain one of the most significant hazards to the United States’ cyber and physical security. We must continue to work across all levels of government and private industry to ensure our cybersecurity and network resiliency are protected from our adversaries. The bipartisan bill introduced today presents a strategic path forward by creating an advisory committee between public and private entities to further our nations’ overall defensive and offensive posture,” said Rep. Newhouse.