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October 10, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Congresswoman Jacky Rosen (NV-03), a member of the Congressional Cybersecurity Caucus and the House Armed Services Committee, released the following statement to commemorate National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, a time to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity.

“As a former computer programmer and systems analyst, I understand the challenges that our military, businesses, and individuals face each day with cybersecurity and protecting their information infrastructure,” said Rosen. “That’s why I’ve introduced legislation to prepare Nevada’s workforce to become more cyber-ready and support bills to equip small businesses and individuals with the tools they need to protect themselves against cyber attacks. I will continue to support commonsense measures that improve our cybersecurity so that we can identify, manage, and reduce cyber-related threats.”

BACKGROUND: Rosen has backed a number of bills aimed at strengthening our national security, such as:

  • Last month, Rosen introduced her Cyber Ready Workforce Act (H.R. 6791). This bipartisan bill would establish a grant program within the Department of Labor whereby the Secretary of Labor would award grants, on a competitive basis, to workforce intermediaries, to support the creation, implementation, and expansion of registered apprenticeship programs in cybersecurity.

  • Rosen also introduced the Securing the Electric Grid to Protect Military Readiness Act (H.R. 3855), which would require the Secretary of Defense, Director of National Intelligence, and Secretaries of energy and Homeland Security to communicate with Congress regarding any significant malicious cyber-enabled activities that impose a risk to defense electric infrastructure. The core of this legislation was signed into law as part of the Fiscal Year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act.

  • Rosen also helped introduce the NIST Small Business Cybersecurity Act of 2017. H.R. 2105 would direct the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to work with other federal agencies to create and make available clear and concise resources to help small businesses identify, manage, and reduce their cybersecurity risks. Earlier this year, Congresswoman Rosen helped the legislation unanimously pass the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee and later, the full House.