In this episode of the podcast (#234) US Representative Jim Langevin (D-RI), joins Paul to talk about the flurry of legislation passed on Capitol Hill in recent months to boost the U.S.’s cyber defenses. Rep Langevin and Paul talk about how cybersecurity legislation receives bipartisan support -a rarity in Congress these days – and the challenges of protecting U.S. critical infrastructure in an age of sophisticated cyber adversaries like Russia and China.
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Political dysfunction is the Zeitgeist on Capitol Hill, where divisions between the two, main political parties have taken center stage and distrust runs deep after a violent attempt by supporters of former President Trump to overturn the November presidential election on January 6.
But even in these challenging times, there are areas of cooperation between the two major parties. One is cybersecurity, where recent months have seen progress in funding improved cyber readiness at the local level.
Cyber Policy: An Area of Agreement
One example is the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, passed in November and signed into law by President Biden on November 15. That