Washington— U.S. Rep. John Katko (NY-24), incoming Ranking Member on the House Committee on Homeland Security, today released the following statement after participating in a classified briefing with officials from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) regarding the ongoing cyber campaign against the United States:
“Earlier today, I participated in a briefing with senior cybersecurity leaders across the Federal Government about the ongoing cyber campaign against the nation. They confirmed what has become abundantly clear over the last several days – that our nation has been the target of a cyber campaign of extraordinary and unprecedented sophistication, the response to which I hope will drive necessary operational and policy improvement in the cybersecurity arena for years to come.
“Having spent the last two years as the Ranking Member of the Cybersecurity Subcommittee, I take these issues seriously. The work we’ve done to build, strengthen, and resource CISA as the nation’s lead civilian cybersecurity agency is important, but there’s more to be done.
“Bolstering the cyber defenses of our critical networks and safeguarding the intellectual property and sensitive information of the American people and businesses are fortunately not partisan propositions. With that in mind, I look forward to working with Chairman Thompson and a broad range of stakeholders on these important issues in the 117th Congress.
“I’m honored to soon take over as Ranking Member of the House Homeland Security Committee where cybersecurity will remain a top priority of mine.”