Rosen Statement Commemorating Cybersecurity Awareness Month

LAS VEGAS, NV – Today, U.S. Senator Jacky Rosen (D-NV), a member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee (HSGAC) and the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, released the following statement recognizing Cybersecurity Awareness Month, which is observed every October.

“Our nation’s cyber defense is of utmost importance,” said Senator Rosen. “During this Cybersecurity Awareness Month, let’s take the necessary steps to ensure that our businesses, communities, and governments are equipped with the trained workforce and the critical tools they need to defend themselves from cyber-threats. In Congress, I’ve introduced bipartisan legislation to prepare Nevada’s workforce to become more cyber-ready and supported bills to equip small businesses and individuals with the tools they need to protect themselves against cyber-attacks. I will continue working on forward thinking legislation that fortifies our country’s cybersecurity.”

BACKGROUND: In May, Senator Rosen introduced the Cyber Ready Workforce Act (S. 1466), bipartisan legislation that would direct the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) to award grants to workforce intermediaries to support the creation, implementation, and expansion of registered apprenticeship programs in cybersecurity.

In July, Rosen introduced the bipartisan JROTC Cyber Training Act, legislation that would direct the Secretary of Defense to carry out a program to enhance the preparation of students in the Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) for careers in computer science and cybersecurity.

Rosen is also the lead sponsor of the US-Israel Cybersecurity Center of Excellence Act, bipartisan legislation that would require the State Department to investigate the potential benefits of establishing a joint US-Israel cybersecurity center. 

In the House, then-Congresswoman Rosen helped introduce the NIST Small Business Cybersecurity Act of 2017, to direct the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to work with other federal agencies to create and make available clear and concise resources to help small businesses identify, manage, and reduce their cybersecurity risks. This legislation was signed into law last year.