U.S. Senator Roy Blunt says recent cyber attacks by criminals, foreign intelligence and military services, as well as terrorists have shown the need for the United States to implement new reporting requirements.
Blunt has partnered with Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) to introduce the Cyber Security Public Awareness Act, a bill Blunt says would improve public awareness of cyber security threats. The new reporting requirements would apply to federal agencies charged with monitoring and responding to cyber threats.
Blunt says cyber attacks have increased in frequency and efficacy, resulting in billions of dollars of intellectual property lost, millions of Americans’ identities stolen, increased vulnerability of critical infrastructure to sabotage, and intrusions into sensitive government networks. But, he says, reliable information about cyber attacks and cyber risks remains largely unavailable to consumers, businesses, and policy makers.
“Cyber breaches are a serious and growing threat to our country’s security, and this bill will give us a greater understanding of the number of threats and the tools available to repel them,” Blunt said. “I’m pleased to partner with Senator Whitehouse as we work to improve awareness of the danger of cyber attacks on our nation’s government and private sector networks.”
“The cyber threat posed to American corporate and government networks and to individual users of the internet is enormous and unrelenting,” said Whitehouse, who chairs the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism. “Yet too many Americans remain in the dark about the severity and nature of this threat. This legislation will allow us to better arm ourselves with the basic knowledge needed to protect our nation’s vital assets and our privacy. I particularly thank my lead cosponsor Senator Blunt for his assistance.”
Graham agrees, saying Congress has failed to forge a workable cyber security framework to protect the United States against a fast-growing national security and economic threat.
Blumenthal says cyber attacks mare making America less safe, and new reporting requirements for federal agencies would better protect the U.S. from hackers who wish to do harm.
The bill also includes provisions to enhance awareness of threats against our nation’s critical infrastructure, Blunt says, as well as publicly traded businesses, and individual internet users.