Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) issued the following statement on his renewed chairmanship of the House Homeland Security Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Protection Subcommittee for the 115th Congress:
“The importance of cybersecurity to every aspect of society is becoming increasingly apparent. Cybersecurity is a prominent and permanent factor we must take into account as we formulate national security strategies, develop policies for protecting our critical infrastructure, and strive to safeguard the personal privacy of Americans.
“I’m proud of the significant strides we’ve made over the past two years to strengthen our nation’s cybersecurity posture – most notably through the passage and enactment of the Cybersecurity Act of 2015. This long-anticipated law encourages the voluntary sharing of cyber threat indicators, while also boosting the security of federal government networks.
“On top of this, the United States-Israel Advanced Research Partnership Act of 2016 was signed into law in December, and just this month, the House passed two key measures to foster collaboration between the federal government and private sector in boosting cybersecurity innovation.
“Looking ahead, I plan to lead the Subcommittee in building upon the progress we’ve already made. We’ll focus on a broad range of issues, some of which will include:
• improving the security of federal networks,
• building a stronger cyber workforce,
• ensuring the federal government is leveraging innovative cybersecurity technologies,
• developing public-private partnerships for the security of critical infrastructure,
• building effective collaboration with state and local partners, and
• implementing the Cybersecurity Act of 2015.”