A congressional hearing to examine cybersecurity and threats, scheduled for March 29, will be the first in a series of hearings that will help shape how lawmakers update federal cybersecurity laws last handed down a decade ago.
The hearings come as Congress looks to overhaul Federal Information Security Management Act 2002 this year, according to Federal News Radio.
Cybersecurity has been a hotly debated issue in recent months, with legislators on both sides of the aisle demanding action be taken to protect the nation’s critical infrastructure and networks.
“Every day, our nation’s information systems are under attack. Congress and the rest of the federal government must work diligently to prepare better defenses against attacks that continue to grow in both number and complexity,” Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) wrote on a website called keepthewebopen.com, where a draft of the bill was posted.
The first hearing is entitled “Cybersecurity: Assessing the Immediate Threat to the United States.”