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9/11 Commissioners Urge Passage of Cybersecurity Legislation

Friday, October 17, 2014

Washington, D.C. – Governor Thomas Kean and Congressman Lee Hamilton, on behalf of the members of the 9/11 Commission housed at the Bipartisan Policy Center, urged U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to enact bipartisan cybersecurity legislation before the end of this Congress. The full text of their letter is available on our website here.

“A growing chorus of national-security experts describes the cyber domain as the battlefield of the future. Yet, in the words of one former principal with whom we spoke, ‘we are at September 10 levels in terms of cyber preparedness.’ That is alarming. Fortunately, legislation approved by two Senate Committees, together with cybersecurity legislation recently passed by the House, offers a long-overdue opportunity to improve our defenses,” said Kean and Hamilton in the letter.

Recently, the former members of the 9/11 Commission reconvened to reassess the state of our national security a decade after issuing The 9/11 Commission Report.  In July, the commission issued a new report, Today’s Rising Terrorist Threat and the Danger to the United States: Reflections on the Tenth Anniversary of The 9/11 Commission Report.

“Congress now has the opportunity to strengthen our nation’s cybersecurity defenses before a catastrophic attack strikes our people.  We urge you to do so by enacting bipartisan cybersecurity legislation this year,” concluded Kean and Hamilton in the letter.