Senate Intel Chairman Burr on the Addition of Cybersecurity Bill to the Defense Authorization Bill

June 9, 2015

WASHINGTON – Today, Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) made the following statement on offering the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015 as an amendment to the Fiscal Year 2016 National Defense Authorization Act: 
“The recent cyber breach at the Office of Personnel Management was a serious attack on our government and we cannot continue to have citizens’ personal information needlessly exposed to foreign adversaries and criminals.  In passing the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act with an overwhelmingly bipartisan vote of 14-1, the Committee recognized the extreme threat posed by our adversaries who, in addition to the OPM breach, have stolen hundreds of millions of Americans’ personal information in the last year alone, swiped intellectual property, and conducted attacks on our agencies.  Not only does CISA propose a solution to help address these threats, it does so in a way that works to ensure the personal privacy of all Americans. We can no longer simply watch Americans’ personal information continue to be compromised. This bill is long needed and will help us combat threats to our country and our economy.” 
Senator Burr gave the GOP Weekly Address on his cybersecurity bill in April, and the bill was reported out of Committee on March 3rd, 2015 on a vote of 14-1.