House passes Rep. Ratcliffe cybersecurity and innovation legislation
WASHINGTON – The U.S. House of Representatives passed two cybersecurity bills today, introduced by Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas), with overwhelming bipartisan support. The legislation focuses on helping the government adapt to the rapidly evolving challenges posed by cyber adversaries.
Specifically, the Support for Rapid Innovation Act of 2016 (H.R. 5388) provides for more effective coordination with industry and academia to foster research and development of cybersecurity technologies. And the Leveraging Emerging Technologies Act of 2016 (H.R. 5389) encourages engagement between the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and emerging technology developers to help get our government’s cybersecurity defense and response capabilities caught up with the digital age.
“Over the last several years we’ve witnessed evolving cybersecurity threats from nation-states such as China, Russia, North Korea and Iran, and from criminal organizations and terrorist groups such as ISIS. And on top of this, cyber criminals are continuing to develop even more cutting-edge cyber capabilities,” Ratcliffe said.
“With these growing cyber threats posing significant danger to our homeland and critical infrastructure, it is critical that our government keep pace by actively working with the private sector to find solutions to protect our networks.”
Ratcliffe is chairman of the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection and Security Technologies, where he’s focused on bringing cybersecurity defenses up to speed with the sophistication of cyber threats.