September 20, 2018

Senator Hassan Discusses the Importance of Bolstering Cybersecurity with Students and Faculty at UNH

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Senator Hassan discusses the importance of bolstering cybersecurity with students and faculty at UNH.

DURHAM – Senator Maggie Hassan today visited the University of New Hampshire, where she spoke with faculty and students about how they are developing skills to respond to cyberattacks. She also highlighted her efforts to bolster cybersecurity at the federal level, including the Hack DHS Act, a bipartisan bill that would establish a bug bounty pilot program to strengthen cyber defenses at the Department of Homeland Security by using “white-hat,” or ethical, hackers to identify vulnerabilities in the DHS networks and data systems.

“Our country is facing direct cyber threats every day, which put our national security, as well as the privacy and data of millions of Americans, at risk,” Senator Hassan said. “I enjoyed my visit today with the UNH students and faculty where we discussed the importance of this issue and the proactive steps we can take to ensure that we are well-equipped to disrupt and stop such attacks. It is encouraging to see the next generation of cybersecurity experts engaging on this issue and I will keep working across party lines to bolster cybersecurity efforts.”

This week, Senator Hassan introduced bipartisan legislation, the Advancing Cybersecurity Diagnostics and Mitigation Act, which would help federal agencies update and improve their cyber posture. Additionally, Senator Hassan’s bipartisan bill, the Hack DHS Act, was recently highlighted by the Washington Post. To read highlights of the coverage, click here

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