House lawmakers have introduced a resolution on March 16th calling on the federal government to develop and adopt a “comprehensive” cybersecurity policy that defines cyber war.
The resolution, introduced by Reps. Scott Taylor (R-Va.) and Dutch Ruppersberger (D-Md.), requests a policy that “clearly defines acts of aggression, acts of war, and other related events in cyberspace, including any commensurate responses to any such act or event in cyberspace.”
The resolution references “megabreaches” that occurred in 2015 that compromised more than 10 million personal identities, including the one at the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) in which Chinese blackhat hackers had access to the personal information of more than 20 million Americans.
The resolution further noted that the increasing interconnectedness, “facilitated by ubiquitous Internet usage and availability in virtually all aspects of modern life, places all individuals, businesses, public and private entities, and critical infrastructures at significant and persistent risk of cyber attack.”