In the wake of the recent cyberattacks, a bipartisan group of senators introduced the Cybersecurity Act of 2017.
The bill, introduced by Sens.
Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., and Richard Blumenthal Jr., D-N.Y., would allow the president to use the military to combat cyberattacks and would prohibit the use of cyberweapons by the U.S. military.
Blumenthal also wants to add language to the cyber legislation that would prohibit Trump from using the military in cyberspace without congressional authorization.
The Cybersecurity Education Act would not just provide legal protections for people who live and work online but also provide cybersecurity training to schoolchildren.
The legislation is sponsored by Blumenthal, Sen. Ed Markey, D. Mass., and Sen. Joe Manchin, D.-W.
The bipartisan legislation is designed to protect Americans from potential cyberattacks by ensuring that the military has the tools necessary to respond to cyberattacks.
“It’s time for Congress to stop trying to prevent this,” Blumenthal said in a statement.
“Our nation faces a serious threat from cyber-attacks and cyberattacks are just the beginning of what this country faces.”
The Cyber Security Act of 2021 is an effort by Blumenthal and others to create a comprehensive national cyber strategy that includes everything from the cybersecurity of schools to the use and deployment of technology and information warfare, the New York Times reported.
“The bipartisan bill includes a wide range of measures designed to address cybersecurity challenges, such as strengthening cybersecurity capabilities, better protecting critical infrastructure, and expanding the use, training, and use of technology to defend against cyberattacks,” the statement from the senators said.
The White House has not yet responded to a request for comment on the Cyber Security act.