Cybersecurity: Innovative Solutions to Challenging Problems, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, Competition, and the Internet of the Committee on the Judiciary, House of Representatives, One Hundred Twelfth Congress, First Session, May 25, 2011   [open pdf - 700KB]

From the opening statement of Bob Goodlatte: "Today we are holding a hearing on cybersecurity. This is a complex issue that cuts across several Federal agencies and connects a multitude of stakeholders. The issue may be complex, but the consequences of failure are fairly direct. The Federal Government's computers are attacked by hackers, many from abroad, on a regular basis. Though most of these attacks are thwarted, some end up breaking through. And not all of these attacks are sophisticated. Sometimes it is the low-tech attack that wreaks the most damage as demonstrated by the WikiLeaks case where thousands of classified State Department documents were released online. Had basic cybersecurity practices been followed, it would not have been possible for someone to remove such a large volume of data from those classified computers. Despite the fact that the Federal sector grabs the headlines, in many respects it really is the private sector that stands on the front lines of cybersecurity. More than 90 percent of our Nation's critical infrastructure is operated by the private sector. Even though the Federal Government has an important role to play, we need to make sure we hear from the private sector and ensure that their hands are not tied due to obtuse regulations and increased bureaucracy. In 2004, worldwide economic damage from digital attacks was between $46 billion and $56 billion, according to a Congressional Research Service estimate. In 2009, the Administration's cyber- space policy review estimated that losses from data theft in 2008 were as high as $1 trillion. It is clear that the stakes are high and we must take steps to bolster our cybersecurity now." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Bob Goodlatte, Melvin L. Watt, John Conyers, Jr., James A. Baker, Greg Schaffer, Ari Schwartz, Robert W. Holleyman, II, Leigh Williams, and Leslie Harris.

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