REP LIEU STATEMENT ON HOUSE PASSAGE OF HIS HACK YOUR STATE DEPARTMENT BILL

January 22, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) issued the following statement after the House passed the Hack Your State Department Act, 377-3. The bill will strengthen cyber defenses for the State Department by tapping ethical hackers to identify vulnerabilities in State Department’s networks and data systems. This program will rely on a bug bounty system where authorized hackers can enter a State Department system, identify and disclose weaknesses and receive compensation. Additionally, it will establish a Vulnerability Disclosure Program to field vulnerabilities reported by the general public. In December, the President signed into law the Hack the Department of Homeland Security Act, which Rep. Lieu and Rep. Scott Taylor (R-VA) introduced in the House last Congress.

"As a Computer Science major, I’ve been deeply concerned that we’re not doing enough to protect our government’s data. I’m pleased the House passed my Hack Your State Department Act, which I reintroduced with Rep. Yoho at the beginning of this Congress. It shows there is bipartisan willingness to innovate in order to keep our country’s sensitive information secure. There is no such thing as Republican or Democratic cyber security, it's just cybersecurity. This bill is designed to provide another tool to keep the State Department, its data and its employees safe. We have to be responsive and dynamic to face evolving cyber threats that come our way, and this bill helps us do that.”

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