Brooklyn-based Congresswoman Yvette Clarke (NY-09) has been appointed as chair of the U.S. House of Representatives Homeland Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection and Innovation Subcommittee.

The subcommittee legislates and oversees programs and issue areas of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s mission in cybersecurity, infrastructure protection and promoting security technologies.

Clarke said cybersecurity encompassed everything that pertained to protecting the country’s sensitive data, intellectual property, data and governmental and industry information systems from theft, tampering, and damage.

“Fundamentally, our society is more technologically reliant than ever before and the spread of false, deceptive, or misleading statements, information, acts, or practices, amplified by the use of technology and social media, threatens the integrity of democratic institutions, and the rule of law which form the foundation of our democracy,” she said.

“I look forward to working with my colleagues and the Biden-Harris administration to advance and fortify our nation’s cybersecurity, infrastructure protection, and innovation.”

The committee will enhance collaboration on cybersecurity across the 16 critical infrastructure sectors and the sharing of cyber threat information between the private sector and federal, state, and local partners, Clarke’s office said in a release. `         

It will also aim to increase DHS’s ability to protect federal networks, improve the protection of the country’s critical assets and ensure the essential development of technology solutions for emerging threats.

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Anna Bradley-Smith

Anna Bradley-Smith is Brooklyn-based reporter with bylines in NBC, VICE, Slate and others. Follow her on Twitter @annabradsmith.

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