We appreciate the commitment of Rep. Jim Langevin (D-R.I.) to cybersecurity and welcome a robust discussion about the legislative changes needed to enhance our nation’s security in the cyber domain. Mr. Langevin’s July 16 letter faulted the legislation we outlined in our July 8 Washington Forum commentary, “Avoiding a digital Pearl Harbor,” as incomplete by implying that our bill lacks a White House cybersecurity director.
However, the bill that we are sponsoring would in fact establish an office of cyberspace policy at the White House, headed by a Senate-confirmed director, to coordinate cybersecurity efforts across the federal government. The director would “oversee, coordinate, and integrate all policies and activities of the federal government across all instruments of national power relating to ensuring the security and resiliency of cyberspace, including . . . diplomatic, economic, military, intelligence, homeland security, and law enforcement policies and activities within and among federal agencies” — very similar to what the congressman calls for.
We agree with Mr. Langevin that it is imperative that Congress act to pass comprehensive cybersecurity legislation.
Joe Lieberman, Susan Collins and Tom Carper, Washington
Joe Lieberman is an independent Democrat from Connecticut. Susan Collins is a Republican from Maine. Tom Carper is a Democrat from Delaware. They serve, respectively, as chairman, ranking member and member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.