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Nunes, Westmoreland Comment on Anthem Hack

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Washington, DC, February 5, 2015 | Jack Langer | comments

Nunes, Westmoreland Comment on Anthem Hack

Rep. Devin Nunes, Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, and Rep. Lynn Westmoreland, Chairman of the Intelligence Committee’s NSA and Cybersecurity Subcommittee, released the following statements today in reaction to the cyberattack on Anthem health insurer:

Chairman Nunes: “Alongside the recent cyberattack on Sony, the hacking of Anthem shows the urgent need to improve our nation’s cybersecurity infrastructure. We’ve seen time and again that businesses and other private entities are vulnerable to cyberattacks by criminals, terrorists, and foreign governments. This situation is untenable – that’s why a top priority of the House Intelligence Committee is to develop a strong cyber bill that encourages private companies to share information about attacks on their systems.” 

Chairman Westmoreland: “The Anthem hack shows the immediate need for enhanced cybersecurity measures, for both national security purposes and to protect our citizens. The hackers have exposed the weaknesses in our current system, and have jeopardized sensitive and personal data. As Chairman of the relevant Subcommittee on the House Intelligence Committee, I find this breach is unacceptable and will work hard to review and strengthen our nation’s cybersecurity laws to improve our defenses against cyber attacks.”

The House Intelligence Committee passed information sharing bills in both of the previous Congresses, though neither bill was approved in the Senate. For more information, see here.

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