Our online accounts are under attack. You’ve likely heard of the Anthem data breach earlier this year, which exposed the personal information and health records of 80 million Americans, including 13.5 million Californians. Anthem is not alone; corporations from Sony to Target and even U.S. government agencies have fallen victim to cyber attacks. According to CNBC, U.S. companies experienced a 40 percent increase in cyber attacks last year.
Cyber attacks are not limited to just stealing data, but could be intended to infiltrate our national security to disrupt our infrastructure or attack our electric grid. The possible scope and magnitude of these potential attacks are why former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has said that cyber threats are the one thing that keeps him up at night.
As a member on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, I worked across the aisle with my Republican colleagues to pass H.R. 1560, the Protecting Cyber Networks Act, that would help the public and private sectors work together to share information on cyber threats.
The passage of this bill in the House last month is a good start, but I will continue to be vigilant to defend our nation from such threats. The security of all Americans remains my top priority.
As always, it is an honor to represent you in the U.S. Congress. Visit my website or contact my East Bay offices at 510-370-3322 or 925-460-5100 if we can be of service in any way. To stay connected, join me on Twitter @RepSwalwell, Facebook, and, if you have not done so already, please sign up to continue receiving my e-newsletter.
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