WASHINGTON – Arizona senior Senator Kyrsten Sinema introduced the bipartisan Cybersecurity Advisory Committee Authorization Act with Republican Senator David Perdue (GA). The Senators’ legislation establishes an advisory committee of no more than 35 professionals from across a range of industries to provide the Director of Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency (CISA) guidance on cybersecurity policy.
 
“Arizona leads the way in innovation, and establishing a cybersecurity advisory committee will keep everyday Americans safe from cyber-attacks so we can continue to innovate and thrive,” said Sinema, a member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.
 
“As a member of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, Senator Kyrsten Sinema continues to show strong leadership in her efforts to improve our nation’s cybersecurity and support the role of CISA in protecting our nation’s critical infrastructure,” said National Technology Security Coalition Executive Director Patrick Gaul. “By introducing the Cybersecurity Advisory Committee Authorization Act of 2020, Senator Sinema supports a committee comprised of Chief Information Security Officers and other cybersecurity professionals who are at the frontline of protecting billion-dollar enterprises from state and non-state actors around the globe—representing voices we need to hear as part of the nation’s public-private partnership related to cybersecurity. I applaud Senator Sinema for introducing this important bill, prioritizing a stronger public-private partnership, and continuing to show leadership to meet the pressing needs of our nation’s cybersecurity.”

 
Sinema’s Cybersecurity Advisory Committee Authorization Act is backed by the National Technology Security Coalition (NTSC). A companion bill to Sinema’s legislation was recently introduced by Republican Representative John Katko (NY) in the House of Representatives.
 
Recently, the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee passed the Cybersecurity State Coordinator Act—a bipartisan bill supported by Sinema that establishes a cybersecurity state coordinator in Arizona to prepare, manage, and respond to cybersecurity threats.
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