SHERWOOD BOEHLERT (R-NY)
OPENING STATEMENT FOR CYBERSECURITY HEARING
May 14, 2003
It's a pleasure to
welcome everyone here this morning for a hearing on a subject
that has consumed the Committee over the past couple of years
We've been focused
on this topic for good reason. The nation quite simply has been
underinvesting woefully in cybersecurity R&D, and as a result
we lack both the experts and the expertise we ought to have in
a world that relies so heavily on computers and networks for the
necessities of everyday life.
Last year, led by this
Committee, Congress passed, and the President signed into law,
two landmark bills to try to remedy this problem. The "Cybersecurity
Research and Development Act" and the "Homeland Security
Act" both established new programs and authorized new funds
for cybersecurity R&D. Today is our first chance to see what's
happened as a result.
At first blush, the
answer appears to be "not nearly enough." Agencies have
neither sought nor set aside adequate funding to implement the
Cybersecurity R&D Act. We hear complaints from throughout
the research community that the Department of Homeland Security
is not focusing sufficiently on the problem. And DARPA is actually
reducing its investment in this area.
I'm sure our witnesses
today will describe positive actions that have been taken - and
there are some - but still one can only conclude that far more
needs to be done. I assure you that this Committee will continue
pressing for more action on cybersecurity R&D. This hearing
is only the beginning.
We need to work together
now to prevent devastating attacks in the future. I look forward
to working with all our witnesses to do just that.