Bipartisan CS major members of Congress urge colleagues to adopt cybersecurity measures

May 31, 2016
In The News

Two computer science degree grads, who also happen to be members of the House, have sent a note to their colleagues and staff members in Congress laying out basic cybersecurity measures.

Reps. Ted W. Lieu (D-Calif.)—B.S. Stanford University (and a reformed attorney with a JD from Georgetown University)—and Will Hurd (R-Texas) B.S. Texas A&M University—joined forces in sending the e-mail “to raise awareness and improve the security culture in the House of Representatives.”

The representatives, both of whom have cybersecurity expertise, urged recipients to:

Choose two-factor authentication for Twitter, Facebook Gmail and other Web services. 
Use complex passwords (which the House already requires) and avoid using duplicate passwords for separate accounts and devices.  
Install anti-virus software and apps to help mitigate cyberattacks and monitor for anomalous activity. 
Encrypt devices, voice and text data for mobile communications.
Connect to only trusted networks that are 100 percent are encrypted.
Back-up data to protect against ransomware and phishing attacks.

There is clear wisdom in this simple advice. But what is unclear is whether these two congressmen are too much playing Captain Obvious with cybersecurity measures that every Tom, Dick and Sally should know by now. 

Or perhaps we should all be scared that the folks on the south side of Capitol Hill—other than these two—really have no clue … about cybersecurity.