House Hearing Focuses Discussion on Internet Architecture Security

Jeff Brody

Lawmakers and government officials discussed the security of internet infrastructure during a House committee hearing held Tuesday, FCW reported Wednesday. Rep. Jim Langevin (D-R.I.) of the House Armed Services Committee said no single entity oversees the internet infrastructure despite the efforts of some federal agencies to define cybersecurity roles.

"I'm very worried that by carving out discrete lanes in the road, there are seams left unaddressed in the middle, and I'm concerned that internet architecture security is one of those seam issues," Langevin said.

Jeanette Manfra, assistant director at the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, said most of the oversight of security issues related to the internet infrastructure lies with the private sector.

"It's not so much that here's a clear jurisdiction and it ends at this part of the internet architecture," Manfra told lawmakers. "It's really private sector led in all cases and what we have are different tools to analyze and make assessments and take action if we have concerns."

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