Several important U.S. House hearings were held today on cybersecurity issues. The first that the i2Coalition was focused on was the U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security hearing to examine the cybersecurity roles and responsibilities of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Department of Defense, and Justice Department.
It is critical that cybersecurity concerns be addressed in a collaborative approach between the Internet infrastructure industry and lawmakers. In his opening remarks, Chairman Michael McCaul (R-Texas) stated that the DHS is working with industry members in the private sector and increased participation is needed. While we are pleased to hear that government agencies are working collectively with members of the industry, we hope that level of cooperation will develop voluntary best practices to enhance security, while protecting personal privacy.
We are encouraged by Rep. McCaul’s recognition that private sector participation is important to the process. We understand that cybersecurity is one of the top legislative priorities for Rep. McCaul and it is essential that any legislative approach centers on a mulit-stakeholder process with active participation from all sides.
In addition, the House Committee on the Judiciary held a subcommittee hearing about investigating and prosecuting cyber threats. We appreciate Ranking Member Rep. John Conyers’ (D-Michigan) statement that increased collaboration between the government and the private sector to address cybersecurity concerns must not come at the expense of the privacy of citizens and that existing privacy laws cannot be compromised.
As the cybersecurity debate continues, the i2Coalition will continue to forcefully advocate for truly voluntary best practice standards as well as having a multi-stakeholder process.