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March 2, 2023



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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke (NY-09), Senior Member of the Committee on Homeland Security and the Committee on Energy and Commerce, issued the following statement regarding the Biden-Harris Administration’s release of its National Cybersecurity Strategy.

“I applaud the Administration for their ambitious national cybersecurity strategy focused on defending critical infrastructure, disrupting and dismantling threat actors, shaping market forces to foster security and resilience, investing in a more safe and secure future, and molding international partnerships. This new framework includes a wide array of goals designed to ensure critical services, gas pipelines, water services, and more, will be protected even if they are being targeted by threat actors.

“I am particularly pleased to the strategy builds upon the important progress I worked with the Administration to enact, including the Cyber Incident Reporting for Critical Infrastructure Act, the State and local cybersecurity grant program, and measures to improve how we defend operational technology. I was also pleased see this strategy declare ransomware as a threat to national security, public safety and the economic prosperity of the American people. After so many harmful ransomware attacks, including the 2021 Russia-linked attack on Colonial Pipeline, the Administration justifiably calls out China, Russia, and North Korea for their reckless behavior. And I agree it is time to put them on notice.

“The Administration’s cybersecurity roadmap offers well-suited support to increase strategic, harmonized regulation of critical industries by adopting basic cybersecurity practices – building on the existing practice of establishing cybersecurity requirements. I also share the Administration’s commitment to initiate a much-needed shift in liability onto companies to build better security.

“As a Senior Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, I look forward to working alongside the Administration, the Department of Homeland Security and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency to ensure our nation’s cybersecurity posture remains strong and resilient,” said Rep. Clarke.