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Chairs Thompson, Clarke Release Statement on President Biden’s Cybersecurity Executive Order

May 12, 2021

(WASHINGTON) – Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, and Rep. Yvette D. Clarke (D-NY), Chairwoman of the Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, & Innovation released the following statement on President Biden issuing an executive order to improve the nation’s cybersecurity and protect federal government networks:

“Cybersecurity is a national security issue, and we commend the Administration for prioritizing it that way. From the SolarWinds supply chain attack that gave Russian actors access to Federal networks to the Colonial Pipeline ransomware attack that temporarily shut down 5,500 miles of gas pipeline, cyber attacks jeopardize our national and economic security. If nothing else, the cyber incidents that have occurred over the past six months have demonstrated that bold action is required to defend our networks today and in the future. The Executive Order signed by the President today is just that. 

“From ensuring the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency has access to the information it needs to defend Federal networks to establishing a framework to report and review cyber incidents to improve our collective understanding of lessons learned, President Biden is leading a critical evolution in the Federal government’s approach to cybersecurity.

“We look forward to working with the Administration to implement the Executive Order, move legislation to provide required authorities, and ensure that CISA has the resources it needs to carry out its additional responsibilities.”

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