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I received a message from Senator Carper in my e-mail. I know that criminal and terrorist uses of the Internet poses a great threat, here in the United States and world-wide. I suppose also that letting the government figure out what to do and turning my mind completely away from the issue — while that is appealing to me — is not wise.

I wonder what others think. If you may have any ideas, the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committees are getting involved… this is a good time to think about the vastness of the related issues.

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Program Description
In part two of his conversation with John Taylor, Senator Carper talks about his new position as Chair of the senate’s Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. The Senator discusses the continued threat posed by Al-Qaeda, improved security for the nation’s air and rail systems, and cyber terrorism, which he sees as a bigger threat over the next 10 years.

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E-MAIL I received
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Senator Tom Carper

March 28, 2014

Dear Friends,

We are under attack.  Nearly every day, we hear about criminals from around the world targeting our nation’s critical infrastructure and sensitive information through cyberattacks. That is why it’s so important that our nation and government focus on securing our online communications and systems so that consumers, businesses, and the government can be prepared for these attacks.

TomCarperTo help meet this challenge, earlier this week I held a hearing in the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on how the government and private sector can partner to address cyber threats. I also plan to hold a hearing next week focusing on how government and business can collaborate to protect consumers, like you, when our best efforts fail and a data breach occurs, like the recent breaches at Target and Neiman Marcus that affected so many of us.

While Congress has an important role to play in enhancing our nation’s cybersecurity efforts, legislation alone is not enough. Government, business, and academia must work together to find a solution to these problems. Our nation needs a workforce with the technical knowledge and skills necessary to protect our vulnerable digital systems. Here in Delaware, programs like the Cybersecurity Initiative at the University of Delaware are leading the way in educating and training our future cybersecurity leaders. I hope other universities take UD’s lead and begin offering similar programs to fill demand in this growing field.

Cybersecurity affects all of us, so I want to hear your views on this critical issue. You can reach out about this, or anything else, through email or by contacting me on Twitter@SenatorCarper and on Facebook at facebook.com/tomcarper.

Sincerely,

TOM-CARPER

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see video: Strengthening Public-Private Partnerships
to Reduce Cyber Risks to Our Nation’s Critical Infrastructure
http://www.hsgac.senate.gov/templates/watch.cfm?
id=664847ec-5056-a032-52d4-49ee13950cab

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