Ratcliffe focuses on cyber-security

WASHINGTON — Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) in November chaired a House Homeland Security Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Committee that shed light on effective cyber threat information sharing practices needed to bolster America’s national security.

The hearing confirmed that info sharing programs are providing value and continue to grow in adoption and sophistication — sustained oversight and incremental improvements are necessary to ensure the potential value of this sharing is maximized.

“If we’re going to have any chance of keeping up with the rapidly increasing cyber threats we face on a daily basis, it’s absolutely critical that the public and private sectors are sharing cyber threat indicators in the most efficient way possible,” Ratcliffe said.

“With an actual reach of more than 10,000 organizations, it’s clear that AIS (the Automated Indicator Sharing program) is an extremely powerful tool when we put it to work the right way. That’s why we must continue working to ensure we are leveraging it to its full potential.”

The witnesses included key private sector cybersecurity experts from a variety of fields, including banking and telecommunications, who have actively participated in information sharing programs.

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