Peters leads lawmakers’ long-awaited response on cybersecurity | #government | #hacking | #cyberattack


Peters championed legislation that requires CISA to study cybersecurity risks facing schools and propose guidelines for beefing up defenses.  

Peters’ stamp is also on other measures that became law as part of the infrastructure spending bill, which provides $1 billion for grants to state and local governments to improve cybersecurity, creates a $100 million fund that the secretary of Homeland Security could use to assist federal and private sector entities reeling from a cyberattack, and requires the EPA to assess and identify public water systems that could be crippled in a cyberattack. 

Peters’ approach to tackling cybersecurity needs through multiple bills is more effective than trying to achieve it through one big bill, said Tom Gann, chief public policy officer of cybersecurity research company Trellix. 

Cybersecurity is a “vastly complex area, it’s global, it’s national, it’s local, it’s got many tentacles to it, so a one-size-fits-all-solution will never meet  the objective of dramatically changing the cybersecurity landscape,” Gann said in an interview. “What’s needed is to address the different parts of the cybersecurity threat landscape in a piece-by-piece manner.”

Three more cybersecurity bills backed by Peters are awaiting Biden’s signature. The House cleared all three in May. 



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