Smith says he'll fast track McCaul cybersecurity bill out of committee
Better coordination of cybersecurity research and development efforts between the public and private sectors is needed to counter growing cyber threats to the United States, according to a Feb. 26 joint congressional hearing of two House Space, Science and Technology subcommittees. That job is better left to Congress and not to the president, says Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas).
"Private companies are increasing their investment in cybersecurity and Congress should support those efforts," asserted Smith. Congress's role should be just to "provide the incentives and protections that would permit necessary information sharing among companies, and more importantly, between private companies and the federal government," he said.
Smith endorsed a cybersecurity bill (H.R. 756), the Cybersecurity Enhancement Act of 2013, introduced by committee members Reps. Michael McCaul (R-Texas) and Daniel Lipinski (D-Ill.).
The bill was referred to the House Space, Science and Technology Committee on Feb. 15, three days after President Obama issued his executive order on cybersecurity.
Smith says he wants to quickly advance the McCaul-Lipinski bill through his committee.
Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.), the ranking subcommittee member, says Obama acknowledges the limitations of his executive order and recognizes the fact that Congress must act to better facilitate public-private cybersecurity cooperation.
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