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Cybersecurity 101: Why is cybersecurity a policy challenge?

  • 2168 Rayburn House Office Building (map)

Cybersecurity 101

Part 1: Why is cybersecurity a policy challenge?

Thursday, January 31, 2019

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

The Gold Room - 2168 Rayburn

Dear Colleague:

As we begin the 116th Congress, the cybersecurity of our nation continues to be a leading policy issue. Over the last two years, we saw two widespread malware infections that caused billions of dollars in damage across the world. Almost half of all Americans had sensitive information stolen from a major credit reporting agency. Economic espionage continued to be a point of contention in our relationship with China. It’s clear that cybersecurity is increasingly important to our constituents and to our national and economic security.

With that in mind, the Congressional Cybersecurity Caucus will present Cybersecurity 101, a three-part briefing series that will provide Members and staff a firm grounding in relevant cybersecurity concepts and the current state of policy. Part one, focusing on why cybersecurity is an important issue for policymakers, will take place Thursday, January 31, at 2pm in 2168 Rayburn.

The briefing will feature representatives from Northrop Grumman’s Cyber Academy presenting a training program normally given to senior executives about why cyber risk is a business – not just an IT – problem. In particular, the brief will focus on the types of threats that exist in the cyber domain and the different avenues organizations have to mitigate those threats. This first brief will be an opportunity for those new to cyber issues to get caught up, for those who don’t directly handle cybersecurity issues to learn more, or for those who have been tracking the issue for some time to fill in any gaps.

The Congressional Cybersecurity Caucus was co-founded by Representatives Jim Langevin and Michael McCaul to raise awareness of cybersecurity issues and provide a forum for Members representing different committees of jurisdiction to discuss the challenges in securing cyberspace. If you are interested in joining the Congressional Cybersecurity Caucus, or have any questions, please contact Nick Leiserson (nick.leiserson@mail.house.gov) in Congressman Langevin’s office or Thomas Rice (thomas.rice@mail.house.gov) in Ranking Member McCaul’s office.



Jim Langevin
Member of Congress      

Michael T. McCaul
Member of Congress