Sinema Highlights Kingman Cyberattack, Calls for Continued Cybersecurity Improvements

Mar 3, 2021

During hearing on federal government oversight, Sinema questioned the Comptroller General on how to improve America’s cybersecurity

WASHINGTON – Arizona senior Senator Kyrsten Sinema, during a Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing, questioned Comptroller General of the United States, Gene Dodaro, on how the federal government will continue strengthening cybersecurity measures. Sinema highlighted a recent cyberattack against computer systems in the City of Kingman, Arizona.
“The need to ensure our country’s cybersecurity was highlighted in Arizona, with the recent cyberattack against the computer systems for the City of Kingman. This attack shows clearly the disruption and damage that cyber criminals can inflict on local communities,” said Sinema, Chair of the Subcommittee on Government Operations and Border Management.
Sinema noted that last week’s cyberattack in Kingman, Arizona makes clear the need for the federal government to improve its cybersecurity support to and coordination with local governments. Sinema asked Comptroller General Dodaro how the federal government can improve cybersecurity and what steps should be taken moving forward.
Sinema also questioned Comptroller General Dodaro on the Department of Health and Human Services confusing guidance to states on vaccine allotments at the end of 2020. Sinema highlighted the need to better coordinate communication with states on vaccine allotments so states were prepared going forward.