Congress Zooms in On Cybersecurity After Banner Year of Attacks

These included ransomware attacks on Colonial Pipeline, meat producer JBS USA, IT company Kaseya, and scores of schools and hospitals throughout the year that were already under pressure from changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Congress zooms in on cybersecurity after banner year of attacks
The increasing number of attacks has drawn congressional attention and increased interest on a scale not seen prior to 2021.

The Hill

The past 12 months stand as a banner year in the severity of cyberattacks that wreaked havoc on organizations large and small. 

But in the wake of the chaos, a silver lining has emerged around a never before seen level of bipartisan support and genuine interest on Capitol Hill for strengthening the nation’s cybersecurity. 

“Everybody’s consciousness had been raised with respect to threats in cybersecurity, everything from the ransomware attacks, to other different types of cyber intrusions which have taken place,” Rep. Jim Langevin (D-R.I.), chair of the House Armed Services’s cybersecurity subcommittee, told The Hill earlier this month. “We have more awareness now, more members are paying attention to it than ever before.

The changes come after one of the most bruising years in history for cyberspace, with a barrage of high-profile and highly damaging attacks occurring in quick succession.

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