Dear [REDACTED],

Thank you for contacting me about recent reports regarding potential state-sponsored cyber attacks on the 2016 Presidential Election. I appreciate hearing from you and welcome the opportunity to respond.

I strongly condemn any form of foreign interference in our democratic electoral process and I will continue to support the bipartisan work done by the Congressional Intelligence Committees to investigate this matter. I have faith in the ability of our intelligence agencies to collect pertinent information and help us uncover the truth concerning the motivations and origins behind this potential breach. It is now clearer than ever that we must aggressively enhance our capabilities and develop the best practices to counter high-risk cybersecurity issues, and this policy matter must be a top priority for the new Congress.

As a member of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee, I have been dedicated to the search for new and innovative solutions to improve our country’s cybersecurity. Through my role as chairwoman of the Research and Technology Subcommittee, I have held five hearings on cybersecurity. While we have witnessed a number of instances in which federal agencies and other organizations have failed to protect themselves from cyber attacks, I believe we have also identified the steps needed to stop breaches in the future.

In an attempt to address these challenges I agreed to cosponsor H.R. 6066, the Cybersecurity Responsibility and Accountability Act. This legislation improves cybersecurity across the board at federal agencies by providing them with the guidance and oversight from the National Institute of Standards and Technology on how to combat current security challenges. Additionally, the legislation would entail the creation of much needed Chief Information Security Officer positions at federal agencies and hold agency directors accountable for failure to adequately implement security recommendations and standards. Though it is not a cure-all, this bill will serve as an important and necessary advancement in the field of cybersecurity to mitigate the growing threat posed by cyber attacks on federal agencies.

Thank you again for contacting me. It is a privilege to serve you in the Tenth District. I may also be contacted at my Sterling office at 703-404-6903, or my Washington, D.C. office at 202-225-5136. By visiting http://comstock.house.gov, you can sign up to receive my email newsletters and follow my efforts to serve you. You can also follow me on Facebook and Twitter for real-time updates on my activities in Congress and in the District. If I may ever be of service, please do not hesitate to contact me.



Sincerely,

Barbara Comstock
Member of Congress