MATSUI, LANGEVIN AND COLLEAGUES URGE LEADERSHIP TO ADDRESS K-12 CYBERSECURITY IN BUILD BACK BETTER AGENDA
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Doris Matsui (CA-06) and Rep. Jim Langevin (RI-02) led a letter to Congressional leadership, urging them to include additional K-12 Cybersecurity support in upcoming Build Back Better legislation.
“Resource-constrained K-12 schools are struggling to keep up with the increasing frequency and severity of cyber threats, and our students and educators may pay the price,” said the lawmakers.
According to the K-12 Cybersecurity Resource Center, from 2016-2020 there were over 1,100 publicly disclosed cyber incidents involving 988 education organizations across all 50 states. In 2020 alone, there were more than 400 successful cyber incidents including ransomware, data breaches, and denial-of service attacks, among others. The group of lawmakers is urging the leadership to give K-12 schools the tools necessary to repel and protect against these attacks.
“In the face of this well-documented threat, Congress must act by putting real resources on the table,” the lawmakers continued. “The bipartisan Enhancing K-12 Cybersecurity Act would help fulfill this responsibility by authorizing $20 million over two years to promote a more secure digital environment for students and educators.”
Congresswoman Matsui has long been a champion of securing our technological future and serves as Chair of the Congressional High-Tech Caucus and Vice Chair of the House Energy and Commerce’s Subcommittee on Communications and Technology. Together with Rep. Langevin, they are two of the co-authors of the Enhancing K-12 Cybersecurity Act, which would promote access to information, better track cyberattacks nationally, and provide increased cybersecurity resources for K-12 schools.
The full letter is available HERE.
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