Washington, D.C.  – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik, as Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities, has released the below statement following reports of cyber espionage targeting America’s nuclear infrastructure and the federal government:

“This attack serves as a stark warning that our nation must bolster its cybersecurity posture and capabilities,” said Congresswoman Stefanik. “While we must hold the perpetrator fully accountable, we must also continue to make progress in cybersecurity. This year’s national defense bill contains over two dozen provisions that support our nation’s cybersecurity infrastructure, including provisions that would help ensure the resiliency of our nation’s nuclear command and control systems. The NDAA also fully funds long overdue modernization of our nuclear infrastructure and further secures our nuclear weapons production facilities. There is no doubt that our adversaries will take advantage of any opportunity to attack vulnerabilities in our cyber infrastructure. The measures in this year’s NDAA will provide critical safeguards to protect the information and capabilities most foundational to our nation’s security.”