This week, the U.S. House voted in favor of Republican Representative Ted Yoho’s “Cyber Deterrence and Response Act,” which establishes a three-step process that will identity, deter and properly respond to state-sponsored cyberattacks. He introduced the proposal in April, and this is an area where Yoho has become increasingly involved in.
After the vote, Yoho commented on the proposal, saying that “Today we took an important step in defending our nation from foreign cyber threats. Our foreign adversaries have developed sophisticated cyber capabilities that disrupt our networks, threaten our critical infrastructure, harm our economy, and undermine our elections. Collectively, we must do more to combat this digital menace. Countries like China, North Korea, Iran, Russia, and other malicious actors conduct cyber- attacks against America on a daily basis. This must be confronted and stopped.”
Yoho also added that “The Cyber Deterrence and Response Act will bring these aggressors out of the shadows and create a framework that deters and provides the proper response for their actions. It is vital that when these attacks happen, they are exposed and punished quickly and accordingly. I encourage the Senate to pass their companion bill and send this legislation to the president to be signed into law.”