Gardner Helps Shape Cybersecurity Debate

Washington, DC – Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) announced today that an amendment he introduced with Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) has been included in the substitute amendment which will be considered as the Senate debates the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015. 

The Gardner-Cardin language would mandate that the Secretary of State produce a comprehensive strategy relating to the United States’ policy in cyberspace. The strategy, which would be required to be produced no later than 90 days after the bill’s enactment, would include a review of previous State Department actions on cyber issues, a plan of action to develop norms of responsible international behavior in cyberspace, and a description of the threats the United States faces in cyberspace. 

“It’s long past time for the United States to have a comprehensive strategy on cybersecurity,” Gardner said. “Senator Cardin and my amendment would require that the Secretary of State produce that strategy, and require that we clearly identify the threats our country faces in cyberspace. Cyberattacks have become one of the greatest threats to Americans’ privacy, our economy, and our national security. Without a strategy to identify those threats and counter them, our nation is dangerously vulnerable. Now is the time to act.”