REP. TED LIEU OFFERS RECOMMENDATIONS TO COMMITTEE ON HOUSE ADMINISTRATION FOR IMPROVING MEMBERS’ MOBILE SECURITY AND SECURING HOUSE SYSTEMS

February 13, 2017
Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

WashingtonLast week, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D | Los Angeles County) sent a letter to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Administration Committee—which is responsible for modernizing House internal management and operations— to offer recommendations to better protect the House of Representatives from threats in cyberspace.

Rep. Lieu proposed three actions the Committee should take to mitigate threats from an array of bad actors:

1.Recognize the vulnerability that Members’ personal devices and home networks pose to House of Representatives official business and data, and develop a plan to secure them;

2.Hold a briefing for Members in a potentially classified setting on information security threats and best practices; 

3.Shorten the time-period during which new House employees are required to take information security training to within 7 days.

EXCERPTS FROM THE LETTER:

“As a computer science major and former active duty officer in the U.S. Air Force, I am keenly aware of the diversity of threats our country faces — whether from “hactivists” looking to expose Members’ personal information, criminals using ransomware to extort American businesses, or sophisticated foreign actors seeking to damage our nation’s critical infrastructure. Each threat targets different attack vectors, but all rely on one common vulnerability — lack of preparation.”

“These measures build on the important work the Committee has done to secure our information and protect our privacy. Now more than ever, we must be proactive and adopt commonsense measures to increase consciousness surrounding these serious challenges.”

THE FULL TEXT OF THE LETTER CAN BE FOUND HERE

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