Why we need Wyden’s new $3 billion Cybersecurity Reform Act to fix our internet and protect Americans’ privacy
Posted June 10, 2018 05:03:28When the Obama administration proposed its $1.1 trillion Cybersecurity Act of 2018, it promised to “protect the country’s critical infrastructure and the American people from cyber threats.”
But for the past year, Wyden has been battling to keep that promise from being broken.
The Senator has been working to pass his Cybersecurity Modernization Act of 2017, a sweeping piece of legislation that would have given the government sweeping powers to fight cybersecurity threats, including sweeping new powers to monitor and collect data about our personal communications and other information.
The bill has been under intense scrutiny since it was first introduced in May, and Wyden is now in a tough spot: His legislation is backed by Democrats, and his opponents have been pushing him to vote against the bill.
The Cybersecurity Bill of Rights was originally introduced in March, but was only brought up for a vote in May after the administration threatened to veto the bill, and several prominent cybersecurity groups opposed the bill in the process.
But Wyden and his allies were able to convince Congress to override that veto, and now the legislation is back on the table.
“The Cybercrime Bill of rights is a necessary step forward for protecting our nation’s critical assets and protecting our democracy,” said Wyden in a statement.
But as Wyden continues to push for Cybersecurity reform, he’s also working to protect Americans from a new cyberattack.”
This bipartisan effort is long overdue and deserves bipartisan support.”
But as Wyden continues to push for Cybersecurity reform, he’s also working to protect Americans from a new cyberattack.
In June, the Obama Administration unveiled a plan to spend $3.4 billion over the next five years to improve cybersecurity across the country, including investing $1 billion to hire cybersecurity experts.
The plan is meant to spur more effective cybersecurity efforts and better protect critical infrastructure.
Wyden is hoping the Cybersecurity bill will be included in the legislation, and he hopes to see it included in an omnibus bill as soon as next week.
“This bill needs to be included as soon and as broadly as possible to protect our country from a possible cyberattack,” Wyden said in a press release announcing the new Cybersecurity legislation.
“It’s time for the White House and Congress to take the lead in strengthening cybersecurity for all Americans.”
Wyden’s Cybersecurity Improvement Act of 2015 included a $50 billion investment to upgrade infrastructure, and the Cyber Security Modernization bill would give that money to the Department of Homeland Security, which would be able to spend the money on hiring cybersecurity experts, training cybersecurity professionals, and upgrading cybersecurity technology to prevent cybersecurity threats.
But many cybersecurity advocates worry that the bill’s funding could be used to hire cyberwarriors to attack American targets, which could undermine the cybersecurity protections we rely on to protect ourselves and our companies.
Widen said in an email that he will work with the House and Senate Intelligence Committees on the Cybercrime bill to make sure that there are no loopholes in it, and that there is a clear path to protecting Americans from this attack.
“As we move forward with this bill, I will be making sure that our country is protected from cyberattacks and that the funds we invest in cybersecurity are properly used to protect American citizens,” he said.
“And I’ll also continue to work with Congress to ensure that the Cyber Crime Bill of Right includes the $50B Cybersecurity Investment Program.”