CYBERSECURITY, COMMERCE, AND INFRASTRUCTURE
The U.S. appears to be woefully behind in cybersecurity. As shown in our 2016 elections, our cybersecurity in voting is inadequate. Data breaches in companies such as Equifax, Uber, Target, and JP Morgan Chase have put personal information at risk. According to experts, targeted attacks on industrial control systems are the biggest threat to critical national infrastructure; breaches could bring down the power grid, close hospitals, shut down the banking system, and thousands of other crippling events.
We need a national effort to manage risks to the nation’s critical public and private infrastructure. Congress should:
- Provide resources for evaluating the cybersecurity of our states’ disparate electoral infrastructure and addressing shortfalls.
- Evaluate the cybersecurity of our public infrastructure and address deficits.
- Address private organizations engaged in commerce to protect data by:
- Providing some legal and regulatory protection to promote risk assessments;
- Enforcing stiff penalties on companies who fail to vigorously protect their data.