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Pair of Rep. Adam Kinzinger’s cybersecurity bills pass House

‘More must be done to push back’ on cyber criminals, Kinzinger said

U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Channahon) speaks to the media outside Byron City Hall

Two cybersecurity bills introduced by U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Channahon) recently passed the House of Representatives.

The first one H.R. 4055, the American Cybersecurity Literacy Act, led by Kinzinger and Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.), would require the National Telecommunications and Information Administration to establish a cybersecurity literacy campaign to increase knowledge and awareness of cybersecurity risks among the American public, including best practices for preventing cyberattacks.

The second bill H.R. 2685, the Understanding Cybersecurity of Mobile Networks Act, led by Kinzinger and Eshoo, would require the National Telecommunications and Information Administration to submit to Congress a comprehensive report examining the cybersecurity of legacy wireless networks and vulnerabilities to cyberattacks and surveillance by adversaries.

“Offensive cyber operations conducted by America’s adversaries and cyber criminals are growing more prevalent and more sophisticated by the day,” Kinzinger said in a news release. “More must be done to push back, and I’m pleased to see two of my bipartisan cybersecurity bills pass the House with overwhelming support. Taken together, these bills will strengthen our cyber posture by educating the public about best practices to keep them more secure, and by identifying vulnerabilities in our mobile telecommunications networks and infrastructure.”

The bills advance to the Senate.