Langevin Continues to Push for Cybersecurity Reforms

Sep 16, 2008

(Warwick, R.I.) - Congressman Jim Langevin today presided over his eighth hearing on cybersecurity as Chair of the Homeland Security Subcommittee on Emerging Threats, Cybersecurity and Science and Technology. The hearing examined the draft, bipartisan findings of the Commission on Cyber Security for the 44th Presidency. 

The Commission, directed by the Center for Strategic and International Studies, is expected to release its final recommendations in November. It is co-chaired by Langevin; Congressman and Subcommittee Ranking Member Michael McCaul of Texas; Scott Charney, Vice President of Trustworthy Computing at Microsoft; and Lt. General Harry Raduege, Chairman of the Center for Network Innovation at Deloitte and Touche.

“I don’t think anyone would disagree that this Subcommittee has established itself as the policy leader in the U.S. Congress on cybersecurity,” said Langevin. “And I am proud of the work we have done as we near the end of the 110th Congress. Looking forward, the CSIS Commission report will be equally important in helping the next Administration address a number of significant cyber-related issues.”

Over the last year of study CSIS has found that cybersecurity is one of the most pressing national security challenges facing the nation and that the country lacks a coherent national strategy for addressing these issues.

When they are released in November, the final recommendations from CSIS are expected to call for:
• Development of a national strategy
• Reorganization of the governance of cyberspace to provide accountability and authority
• Rebuilding of relationships with the private sector and revising regulation and incentive schemes
• Modernization of legal authorities
• Reshaping of investment and acquisition policies

In furtherance of his work and in effort to include more members of Congress, Langevin also announced the creation of a House Cybersecurity Caucus. The purpose of this Caucus is to raise awareness and provide a forum for Members representing different committees of jurisdiction to discuss the challenges in securing cyberspace. 

“Congress plays a key role in the future of cybersecurity policy,” continued Langevin. “Just as this Administration has not spoken with one voice, however, committee jurisdictional squabbles threaten to divide the attention and focus of Congress on these issues. That is why this Caucus is so important.”