Florida Republican Rep. Ted Yoho is reintroducing a proposal he argues will help protect the United States from potential cyberattacks.A member of the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee and the U.S. House Asia and Pacific Subcommittee, Rep. Yoho’s “Cyber Deterrence and Response Act” establishes a three-step process that allows the federal government to identify, deter and respond to any state-sponsored cyberattacks.
It has received bipartisan support, especially from Democrat Brad Sherman, chairman of the Asia and the Pacific Subcommittee. In addition, Democrat Rep. Elliot Engel, the head of the Foreign Affairs Committee, cosponsored the proposal last year when Yoho initially introduced it.
Speaking on why this proposal is necessary, Yoho explained that “top U.S. government officials have warned of the persistent and growing threat to our national security from foreign adversaries in cyberspace.” With this legislation, he assures that “we are taking steps to address these threats, strengthen our national security, and combat the state-sponsored cyber threats we face.” In addition, Yoho adds that lurking in the shadows, lone wolves and state-sponsored hackers can disrupt America’s networks, endanger our critical infrastructure, harm our economy, and undermine our elections.” Specifically, he notes that “it is no secret that state-sponsored cyberattacks from China, North Korea, Iran, and Russia are increasing.” So, “it is paramount that we take the necessary steps to prevent these potentially devastating attacks.”
And, thanking lawmakers on both sides of the aisle for supporting his proposal, Yoho asserted that “cyber threats affect every American and only together can we defeat this menace.” He detailed that the support from either side of the aisle is support “for putting country above politics to strengthen our national security.”
Yoho is likely to receive more support for the proposal, and Rep. Yoho has become increasingly active in trying to combat cybersecurity concerns in order to keep the United States safe from any potential foreign dangers.