Bill to fight state-sponsored cyber threats passes out of House foreign affairs committee

Congressman Ted S. Yoho’s (R-FL) bill to combat state-sponsored cyber threats took a step forward after being passed out the House Foreign Affairs committee on June 28 by unanimous consent. The Cyber Deterrence and Response Act of 2018 (H.R. 5576) will create a three-step process for identifying, deterring and responding to malicious, state-sponsored cyber attacks. Congressman Yoho released the following statement:

“Not all threats to our national security are kinetic. More and more, countries who wish to weaken the United States and disrupt our way of life are using keyboards and the internet. China, North Korea, Iran, Russia, and other malicious actors have developed sophisticated capabilities that can disrupt our networks, endanger our critical infrastructure, harm our economy, and undermine our elections. These cyber attacks must be stopped.

My Cyber Deterrence and Response Act will shine a light on these countries and create a framework that not only deters but provides the proper response for their actions. It is vital that when these attacks happen, they are exposed, pulled out of the shadows, and punished accordingly.

I want to thank Chairman Royce for his support and for facilitating the passage of this important bill out of committee.”

Source: Ted Yoho’s office