Join the Congressional Cybersecurity Caucus in the 112th Congress

Jan 20, 2011

We would like to invite you to join the Congressional Cybersecurity Caucus for the 112th Congress.  More and more the public is becoming increasingly aware of the gaping threats facing our country’s critical infrastructure, national defense, and financial system in the digital realm.  The increased access of the internet also opens up vulnerabilities that allow our adversaries to potentially cause catastrophic economic and physical harm to our country.

Nation states, terrorists, and other actors who seek to harm our nation also understand that the future of warfare is through cyber attack.  In recent years, American national security leaders have noted an unfortunate increase in cyber attacks.  For instance:

•    Current Deputy Secretary of Defense William Lynn recently wrote about a large scale attack against the DOD saying, “In 2008, the U.S. Department of Defense suffered a significant compromise of its classified military computer networks… That code spread undetected on both classified and unclassified systems, establishing what amounted to a digital beachhead, from which data could be transferred to servers under foreign control.”

•    Michael Assante, former head of the North American Electric Reliability Corporation, testified in 2010 on new cyber threats that could affect our critical infrastructure, “My greatest fear is that we are running out of time to learn our lessons. Stuxnet, …may very well serve as a blueprint for similar but new attacks on control system technology.”

•    Former Director of the National Security Agency Mike McConnell wrote in 2010, “The United States is fighting a cyber-war today, and we are losing. It's that simple. As the most wired nation on Earth, we offer the most targets of significance, yet our cyber-defenses are woefully lacking.”

Securing our federal networks is not simply a responsibility for the U.S. military, however.  Mitigating vulnerabilities in America’s critical infrastructure networks involves the work of a wide variety of government agencies and private sector entities.  Everyone – both the public and private sectors – plays a role in securing cyberspace, and we must all work together to confront these threats.  The entire nation should be involved in this discussion and in the words of former Clinton and Bush Counter Terrorism Czar, Richard Clarke, “we need to stimulate learned discussion and rigorous analysis about that new kind of weapon, that new kind of war.”

We agree, and ask you to join us in this bipartisan effort to develop better technologies, policies, and relationships between business and government to help protect our nation from cyber threats.

If you are interested in joining the Congressional Cybersecurity Caucus, please contact Davis Hake (davis.hake@mail.house.gov) with Congressman Langevin or Sally Stone (sally.stone@mail.house.gov) with Congressman McCaul.