U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH), both members of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, have been working together on bipartisan legislation to improve our country’s cybersecurity. Last year, they introduced the Hack the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Act to strengthen cyber defenses at DHS by utilizing “white-hat,” or ethical hackers, to help identify unique and undiscovered vulnerabilities in the DHS networks and data systems. The Senate passed that bill unanimously earlier this year, and the House Homeland Security Committee is expected to pass it later this week so it can be considered by the full House. Last month, Portman and Hassan continued their bipartisan cybersecurity efforts by introducing the DHS Cyber Incident Response Teams Act to make permanent the DHS cyber teams that work to help prevent cyberattacks on federal agencies and the private sector. The legislation would also authorize the National Protection and Programs Directorate at DHS, under which the cyber response teams fall, to strengthen and streamline their operation. 

In the CNN op-ed, Portman and Hassan wrote: The two of us are committed to providing our federal government with the resources to protect our country and the American people against these evolving threats — and we are committed to working in a bipartisan manner to get it done.” 

The beginning of the op-ed can be found below and the full op-ed can be found at this link.   

Why We Need a Better Cyber Paul Revere

By Senators Rob Portman and Maggie Hassan

CNN

September 12, 2018 

On the verge of the American Revolution, Paul Revere alerted Americans of the British invasion  

Centuries later, with rapidly advancing technology, our enemies are increasingly attempting to reach our shores and disrupt our way of life through another route: cyberspace  

Hacks have become so prevalent that they are often referred to by brand names: Equifax, Anthem, Yahoo and more. 

Of course, the foundation of our democracy -- our free and fair elections -- have been targeted as well. Russia has attempted to undermine our elections for years through disinformation and direct infiltration. They did it in 2016, and they are attempting to do it again this year. That's why our country -- both the Department of Homeland Security and private companies and individuals -- need greater awareness and better tools to protect themselves, tools that we are trying to create with new bipartisan legislation. 

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