Senator Carper Statement on Administration Decision to Expedite EINSTEIN Cybersecurity System Deployment

WASHINGTON – Today, Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.), Ranking Member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, released the following statement in response to the Administration’s decision to deploy the latest EINSTEIN cybersecurity system across all federal agencies by the end of the year:

“Just yesterday, we learned about a massive cyber attack on our federal networks, which has the potential to affect millions of past and current federal workers. As more details about this cyber attack come out, one thing is clear: Congress, the Administration, law enforcement, industry partners, and other stakeholders must work together  to stay a step ahead of the evolving cyber threat and do all we can to secure our most sensitive information. The Administration made the right decision today in expediting the installation of the Department of Homeland Security’s latest generation of the EINSTEIN cybersecurity monitoring and prevention system.  As I like to say, we should find out what works and do more of that. Given that the EINSTEIN system played a key role in uncovering this recent serious cyber attack on the Office of Personnel Management, we need to make sure federal agencies have this system in place as soon as possible.

“I commend the Administration’s steadfast attention and actions on this pressing issue. That being said, cybersecurity is a shared responsibility. I look forward to working with my colleagues to follow up on the Administration’s actions and ensure that this critical cybersecurity system is properly implemented across the federal government.”