Sens. Cory Gardner (R-Colorado) and Chris Coons (D-Delaware) have proposed a bill that seeks to establish a new Senate committee that would conduct investigations on cybersecurity issues.
The proposed Senate Select Committee on Cybersecurity would consist of 21 members from various panels in the upper chamber that include the Senate Armed Services Committee and the Senate Appropriations Committee and would draft legislation and develop recommendations, Gardnerâs office said Wednesday.
“Cybersecurity policy is one of the most complex and significant challenges facing Congress, yet the Senateâs structure to investigate and address cyber issues is diffuse and inadequate,” Gardner said.
âThis has led to an uncoordinated policy response to recent cyber attacks on government agencies, businesses, and infrastructure.â
The bipartisan bill seeks to provide âCongress theÂ tools toÂ comprehensivelyÂ investigate and respond toÂ cyber intrusions, take proactive steps to protect againstÂ and respond toÂ future attacks, and hold the executive branch accountable for its actions,â Coons said.
Andrew BlakeÂ also reports for the Washington Times the proposed legislation would provide the new Senate panel authority over domestic and foreign cyber risks as well as state-sponsored cyber attacks.