Sen. Mark Warner
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Senators launch new cybersecurity caucus
A new Senate Cybersecurity Caucus will help politicians keep up-to-date and informative on online security, two senators announced Tuesday. Formed by Sens. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., and Mark Warner, D-Va., the caucus will analyze the cybersecurity issues facing national security, the economy, according to a statement from Warner. Senators and their staff will also be connected to cyber experts and discussions through the caucus. “We need a grand strategy to combat positively identified bad actors, and that requires a broad policy response that is adaptable to technological developments and the ever-changing cyber field,” Gardner said in a statement. The two senators announced the caucus at an American Enterprise Institute event on the future of cybersecurity. AEI also released a report on the topic. Gardner and Warner worked together last year to tackle the issue as well, creating the National Commission on Security and Technology Challenges along with Sen. Mike McCaul, R-Texas. The commission gathered stakeholders together to make recommendations on balancing digital security and privacy. For now, the caucus shows the continued work Congress can do, Warner said. “Cybersecurity is one of the most serious economic and national security challenges we face as a nation, and both the private and the public sector need to be better prepared to address the escalating threat from cyberattacks,” Warner said. “However, the attack surface is rapidly expanding, and the cyber threat is a systemic one.”