WASHINGTON – Today, Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.), Chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Federal Financial Management, Government Information, Federal Services and International Security, released the following statement in reaction to last week's data breach of Sony Computer Entertainment America's Internet-based PlayStation Network, which compromised customers' personal and financial information:
"It's no secret that criminals and terrorists are constantly targeting both government and private sector information networks to steal information and inflict damage on our critical infrastructure. I've long been a proponent of taking a series of steps to improve the way federal agencies protect the networks and sensitive information they control and to work with the private sector to better secure their sensitive networks as well. I've introduced legislation with Senators Lieberman and Collins to achieve these goals. I've also introduced legislation in the past to set nationwide standards for the actions that entities – such as Sony in this instance – that hold sensitive information must take when their networks have been breached. It is my hope that this issue can be addressed in the context of a comprehensive cyber security bill as soon as possible this year."