Bipartisan Committee Leadership Continues to Examine Cybersecurity of Communications Networks

October 4, 2011

WASHINGTON, DC - The U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee today sent a bipartisan letter to the U.S. Government Accountability Office to examine the government's role in addressing cybersecurity challenges.

The members wrote, "As online and IP-based communications increase, so do the threats of malware, cybercrime, and cyberwarfare. Cyberattacks can create costly and debilitating problems, interrupt commerce, undermine confidence in broadband communications networks, and raise public safety and national security concerns.

"We should seek a balanced approach that capitalizes on commercial sector expertise in conjunction with government efforts to address cyber threats. Furthermore, we need to address the provision by non-U.S. vendors of hardware and software for incorporation into communications networks."

Members asked GAO to identify actions taken by the appropriate federal agencies to address cybersecurity challenges; security features, potential vulnerabilities, or existing problems on consumer products and services; and main non-U.S. suppliers' role in providing communications networks in the U.S.

Click here to view the letter and questions.

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