Legislation would, for the first time, establish Cyber and Computer Network Incident Response Teams
Mar 22, 2013 | 03:32 PM |
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, David Vitter, Chris Coons, Roy Blunt, Mary Landrieu, Patrick Leahy, Mark Warner and Patty Murray today introduced the Cyber Warriors Act of 2013. This legislation would, for the first time, establish Cyber and Computer Network Incident Response Teams (CCNIRT), known as Cyber Guards, as part of the National Guard, significantly expanding the limited cyber mission being performed by the National Guard.
“Cyber attacks are at the top of the threats that could affect every aspect of our national and economic security,” Senator Gillibrand said. “Terrorists could shut down electric grids in the middle of winter, zero-out bank accounts, or take down a stock exchange causing an unimaginable amount of disruption and harm. Meanwhile, our military and homeland cyber defense forces are thousands short of the need identified by our leaders. We must ensure that we can recruit and retain talented individuals who can protect our nation’s cybersecurity at home and abroad.”
“Cyber-attacks remain one of the highest threats to the United States, and there is no excuse for us to not be completely prepared with resources and personnel,” Senator Vitter said. “Our legislation will help ensure that many of our states, including Louisiana, can continue developing capabilities and cyber response effectiveness.”
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