CHICAGO–(ENEWSPF)–June 20, 2016. Congresswoman Robin Kelly, ranking member of the U.S. House Subcommittee on Information Technology, hosted a Field Hearing today to hear views from business leaders on how effectively federal cyber laws and regulations have been working since the enactment of the landmark Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015. Joining Congresswoman Kelly was Subcommittee Chairman Will Hurd (R-TX) and Congressman Bob Dold (IL-10).
The 2015 law provides the private sector and federal government with a more effective framework to share cybersecurity information to better respond to cyber threats. It was enacted in response to the rising frequency of large-scale cyber-attacks, including data breaches at the Office of Personal Management and sophisticated companies like Anthem, Sony Pictures, Target and Home Depot.
“I wanted to learn from our business leaders here in the Chicago area what they believe the federal government can do to help them keep sensitive data and networks safe,” Rep. Kelly said. “With today’s testimony, I can go back to Washington with a better picture of what works, what doesn’t work and where we need to improve. Serious issues identified at the hearing could become part of the President’s Cybersecurity National Action Plan, which was created to strengthen cybersecurity in both the public and private sectors over the next decade.”
Congressman Hurd said, “We are all at risk when it comes to cyber-security, so it’s vital that the federal government receives feedback from private sector experts on how we can improve our cyber posture. Future policy decisions will be impacted by what we heard today.”
Witnesses providing testimony on Monday included Professor Eunice Santos, chair of the Department of Computer Science at the Illinois Institute of Technology, who is widely viewed as a leading academic expert in the field of computer science and cybersecurity.
Also testifying were Gary Horn, vice president, technical services and CTO for Advocate Health Care; Patty Hatter, vice president, Intel Security Group and General Manager, Intel Security Professional Services; and Michael Carano, executive director of ChicagoFIRST.