WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Susan Collins announced
that the Senate Appropriations Committee, on which she serves, has approved
important investments for our nation’s safety and security as part of the
Fiscal Year 2016 Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Bill. The bill
must now be considered by the full Senate.
This bill directs $820 million for
cybersecurity protection of federal networks and incident
“The recent cyber security breach at the Office of
Personnel Management has affected a staggering number of people, with some
labeling this incident one of the largest incidents of espionage in decades.
This attack was a stark reminder that our adversaries who oppose freedom of
expression and our way of life are increasingly turning to the cyber realm,” Senator
Collins stated. “While this important investment will help better
safeguard the critical infrastructure this nation depends upon, we have a
considerable amount of work to do in order to adequately protect our nation
from a potentially devastating cyber-attack.
This week, Senator
Collins received a letter from the Office of Personnel Management informing
her that like millions of Americans, her personal data may have been compromised in the recent cyberattack on the
agency. Senator Collins is a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee.
This $820 million investment in our cybersecurity
will help to strengthen network security, increase accountability on
cyber-attack prevention and response, and increase needed communication and
cooperation between the government and private sector.