Federal Efforts to Improve Cybersecurity

Hearing Date: June 20, 2016 10:30 am Everett McKinley Dirksen United States Courthouse, Courtroom 2525, 219 Dearborn Street, Chicago, IL 60604


  • To hear private sector views on cyber threats, priority issues for cybersecurity strategy, implementation of the Cybersecurity Act of 2015, and issues the Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity should consider.


  • On December 18, 2015, Congress enacted the Cybersecurity Act to achieve three key goals:

(1) create a framework for private companies to share cybersecurity threat information with both the federal government and other private entities,
(2) improve Federal network cybersecurity; and
(3) track the cyber capabilities of all federal agencies.

  • In February 2016, President Obama directed his Administration to implement a Cybersecurity National Action Plan (CNAP).
    • A key piece of CNAP was the creation of a Presidential Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity to make recommendations for actions to be taken during the next decade to strengthen cybersecurity.


Witnesses and testimonies

Name Title Organization Panel Document
Dr. Eunice Santos Chair, Department of Computer Science Illinois Institute of Technology Document
Mr. Michael Carano Executive Director ChicagoFIRST Document
Mr. Gary Horn Vice President, Technical Services & CTO Advocate Health Care Document
Ms. Patty Hatter Vice President, Intel Security Group General Manager, Intel Security Professional Services Document