Hassan takes chair of Senate cybersecurity subcommittee
New Hampshire senator warns of ‘range of emerging threats’
U.S. Sen. Maggie Hassan, D-NH, has been named chair of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee’s subcommittee focused on national security threats and spending oversight.
The Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Spending Oversight will focus on cybersecurity threats and how well the federal government is prepared to deal with them.
Hassan takes over the chair from U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., who now serves as ranking member of the panel.
“The United States is facing a range of emerging threats, from terrorism at home and abroad to cyberattacks, and I look forward to working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to combat these threats and help keep our citizens safe, secure, and free,” Hassan said in a statement.
Since her election in 2016, and as a member of the Senate the Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee, Hassan has focused on cybersecurity issues, most recently working to ensure establishment of cybersecurity coordinators in every state was included in the 2021 National Defense Authorization Act.
The federal cybersecurity advisers, employed by DHS, are tasked with helping communication between federal authorities and state and local entities when it comes to responding to information security threats.