Agreement Across the Aisle
Lawmakers on both ends of the political spectrum agree that cybersecurity is a top issue facing the country, which plays into the increased momentum around these legislative efforts, said Katko on Wednesday.
Last week, a bipartisan bill called the Cyber Incident Reporting for Critical Infrastructure Act of 2021 was formally introduced and sponsored by both Katko and Rep. Yvette D. Clarke (D-N.Y.), for instance. The legislation would allow the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) to require infrastructure firms to report a cyberattack within 72 hours of a breach.
“I’m very bullish on the bipartisan nature of homeland security,” Katko said. “Everyone, whether they’re Democrat or Republican, whether liberal or conservative… We all want to do the same thing, we want to try to figure out a way to stop these cyberattacks.”
Sen. Angus King (I-Maine), the co-chair of the Cyberspace Solarium Commission – charged with making recommendations for how the U.S. should overhaul its cybersecurity strategy – agreed. King said he saw “zero” partisan tensions on the commission while it developed 75 recommendations in a 2020 report outlining ways to overhaul federal cybersecurity.
“I don’t even know the parties of most of the members of the commission, it never came up… We’ve had 47 meetings as of last Monday, and there hasn’t been a single moment of partisan discussion,” said King. “This is not a partisan issue.”