Tom Carper, U.S. Senator for Delaware

WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Senate Commerce Committee Chairman John D. (Jay) Rockefeller IV today announced that he will chair a hearing, along with U.S. Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Tom Carper, on March 7, 2013 at 2:30 p.m. entitled “The Cybersecurity Partnership Between the Private Sector and Our Government: Protecting our National and Economic Security.” This joint hearing will examine the development and implementation of the Executive Order issued by President Obama and explore the need for comprehensive legislation to strengthen our nation’s cybersecurity.

“I have been deeply engaged in cybersecurity legislation for the past four and a half years and, in that time, the attacks to our economic and national security have only increased. But the nature of the threats has not changed and neither has my inclusive approach to crafting strong, comprehensive cybersecurity legislation,” said Rockefeller. “I will continue to work closely with my colleagues and everyone across the public and private sectors to craft responsible legislation that will strengthen our nation’s cybersecurity. We simply cannot afford to wait any longer to adequately protect ourselves. This hearing will provide valuable insight into the threats we face and the defenses we need to implement.”

“Cybersecurity is now one of our nation’s biggest challenges and an issue we must all take very seriously,” said Carper. “Nearly every day, we learn of more cyber attacks that underscore just how vulnerable we really are to malicious hackers seeking to steal from us or do us harm. Attacks of any size can hurt our individual pocketbooks, our nation’s economy and global competiveness, and undermine the free exchange of thoughts and ideas. They could even put our lives and health in danger. Our nation urgently needs a modern approach to ensuring the security of cyber space. While the President’s Executive Order on cyber security was an important step, bipartisan legislation is still critically necessary to address this serious security threat. As the chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, it remains a top priority of mine to pass cybersecurity legislation. This hearing is an important part of that effort.”

The Cybersecurity Partnership Between the Private Sector and Our Government: Protecting our National and Economic Security

Joint Commerce-HSGAC Hearing

Date: Thursday, March 7, 2013

Hearing Start Time: 2:30 p.m.

Location: Room G-50, Dirksen Senate Office Building

Please note the hearing will be webcast live via the Senate Commerce Committee and Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee websites.

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