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Senator John McCain Calls for a Select Committee on Cyber Security and Electronic Intelligence Leaks

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July 14, 2011
Cyber Security, FedCyber Wire
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via The Cypress Times

U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) sent a letter Wednesday to Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) calling for the creation of a temporary Select Committee on Cyber Security and Electronic Intelligence Leaks in the United States Senate.

Cyber security proposals have been put forth by numerous Senate committees, the White House and various government agencies; however, the Senate has yet to coalesce around one comprehensive proposal that adequately addresses the government-wide threats we face. A select committee would be capable of drafting comprehensive cyber security legislation quickly without needing to work through numerous and in some cases competing committees of jurisdiction.

Full Letter Below:

Dear Leaders Reid and McConnell:

I write to renew my request that the Senate create a temporary Select Committee on Cyber Security and Electronic Intelligence Leaks. I feel this Select Committee is necessary in order to develop comprehensive cyber security legislation and adequately address the continuing risk of insider threats that caused thousands of documents to be posted on the website Wikileaks.

As you know, cyber security legislation has been drafted by at least three committees and at least seven committees claim some jurisdiction over the issue. The White House put forward a legislative proposal in May and the Department of Energy put forth requirements and responsibilities for a cyber security program that same month. Earlier this month, the Department of Commerce sought comment on its proposal to establish voluntary codes of behavior to improve cyber security and the Department of Defense issued its strategy for operating in cyberspace. With so many agencies and the White House moving forward with cyber security proposals, we must provide congressional leadership on this pressing issue of national security.

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