Monday, April 4, 2016

Congressional Hearings – Week of 4-4-16

The Senate is back in Washington this week from their Easter recess. While the House is just starting their last week they do have three hearings this week in local venues. Between the two houses there will be two hearings of potential specific interest to readers of this blog; both of them related to cybersecurity.

Local Cybersecurity

The Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Security Technologies Subcommittee of the House Homeland Security Committee will be holding a hearing Thursday in Sherman, TX on "Cyber Preparedness and Response at the Local Level". There is no witness list available yet, so it is difficult to tell if any control system security issues will be raised.

Cyber Command

The Senate Armed Services Committee will hold a hearing on Tuesday on “United States Cyber Command in review of the Defense Authorization Request for Fiscal Year 2017”. The sole witness scheduled will be Admiral Rogers, Commander, United States Cyber Command. It will be interesting to see if there is any mention of either last December’s cyber-attack on the grid in Ukraine (or its implications for defending the homeland) or the recently reported attacks on either the (very) small dam in New York or the unnamed water system.

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