Texas Rep. Lamar Smith, the chairman of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee, writes that decisive action is needed to combat cyberattacks. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo).
Foreign governments that sponsor cyberattacks intended to damage our national security and disrupt our upcoming elections pose very real, very serious threats. It’s long past time for the Obama administration to take decisive steps to defend our country against these attacks.
Under our Constitution, the individual states have authority over voting and elections. The House Science, Space, and Technology Committee, which I chair, held a hearing last month about cybersecurity threats to our voting and election system. Our witnesses described how state officials are working to defend against cyberattacks and attempted hacks of our election system.