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House Lawmakers Say Legislation Would Help US Move Forward in Cyber Norm-Setting Process

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Rep. Jim Langevin, D-R.I., said a cybersecurity bill that was reintroduced in the House would create a diplomatic path for the federal government to define norms and boundaries in cyberspace, the Auburn University Samuel Ginn College of Engineering reported Friday.

Langevin and fellow lawmaker Michael McCaul, R-Texas, gave their perspectives during a virtual forum hosted by the university’s McCrary Institute regarding how the Cyber Diplomacy Act could facilitate interagency efforts to address the global threat landscape.

A bipartisan group of five House members revived the Cyber Diplomacy Act in February to establish an international cyberspace policy at the State Department and appoint an official to represent U.S. cyber interests abroad.

“Reasserting ourselves with a high-level, high-ranking ambassador-level position representing the nation and our interests on the international stage, with an appropriate bureau to back up that person and personnel with the expertise, will effectively help with the rulemaking and norm-setting,” Langevin said.

McCaul added that the bill seeks to increase the State Department’s collaboration with allied and partner countries in dealing with cyber adversaries. The House is scheduled to vote on the bill later this month.

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