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Upton Responds to Anthem Attack

Feb 5, 2015
Anthem to Brief Committee Tomorrow - Hearings to Continue on Cyber Threats

WASHINGTON, DC – House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) today responded to the recent cyber attack on health insurance plan provider Anthem Inc. Upton also announced that the committee will continue with hearings examining the various threats posed by cyber crimes. Representatives from Anthem Inc. will brief committee staff on the information breach tomorrow.

Upton commented, "This latest intrusion into patients’ personal information underscores the increasing magnitude and evolving nature of cyber crimes. Criminals and malevolent actors are finding new and creative ways to pick the locks of our increasingly connected world. Companies have been warned that it is not a matter of if they will be infiltrated, but when. Every business is at risk and American consumers are anxious. That's why we're continuing hearings and opening new lines of investigation. That's why we're pursuing legislation to strengthen data security and certainty in the handling of breaches. And that's why we're saying enough is enough, we need to tackle head-on these cyber threats, whether from petty criminals or sophisticated foreign agents. Technology has vastly improved our lives, but it has also presented new challenges that we must work to overcome."