Congress losing a heavy hitter on cybersecurity

Bristol, RI - November 11: U.S. Congressman James Langevin during the State of Rhode Island Veterans Day Ceremony at the Rhode Island Veterans Home in Bristol, RI on Nov. 10, 2021.

Bristol, RI - November 11: U.S. Congressman James Langevin during the State of Rhode Island Veterans Day Ceremony at the Rhode Island Veterans Home in Bristol, RI on Nov. 10, 2021. (Photo by Matthew J. Lee/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

Rep. Jim Langevin, co-chair and founder of the House Cybersecurity Caucus, will not seek re-election.

After nearly 22 years, Rep. Jim Langevin, D-R.I., will not be a candidate for federal elected office in November. His absence could make it even harder for Congress to pass meaningful cybersecurity legislation.  

“I’m so proud of all we’ve accomplished together. I’ve led the efforts in Congress to strengthen our cybersecurity and prepare our nation for the threats of the 21st century,” Langevin said in a video announcement on Twitter Tuesday. “I’ve not come to this decision lightly, but it’s time, time for me to chart a new course which I hope will keep me closer to home and allow me to spend more time with family and friends.”

It would be difficult to debate the outsized role Langevin has played in shaping cybersecurity policy. In 2008, he co-founded the House Cybersecurity Caucus with a Republican and has maintained close relationships bridging the political divide. 

“Thanks for your strong leadership on cyber for so many years and your willingness to work with your colleagues on both sides of the aisle to address America's challenges,” said Suzanne Spaulding, a senior advisor to the Center for Strategic and International Studies who formerly led the office that would become the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency. 

Spaulding and Langevin worked together as members of the Cyberspace Solarium Commission, which succeeded in turning a host of legislative proposals into law through the annual National Defense Authorization Act. Langevin’s position as chair of the House Armed Services Committee’s panel on cybersecurity was instrumental

Among the commission’s proudest accomplishments is the creation of the Office of the National Cyber Director, where Langevin’s long-time legislative director Nick Leiserson is now reportedly serving as deputy chief of staff

Langevin also successfully pushed to get more authorities to the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, which now has the power to issue subpoenas to get information from internet service providers so potential victims can be notified of cyber threats. Before an accident that left him paralyzed when he was 16, he dreamed of becoming a police officer and believes in the mantra, “if you see something, say something.” 

In an interview with Nextgov about the importance of agencies having vulnerability disclosure policies, he said he really caught the cybersecurity bug after visiting a hacker conference in Las Vegas in 2017 and seeing security researchers in action. Agencies are now required to implement such policies under directives from CISA and the Office of Management and Budget. 

But there’s a lot left to do on the Solarium Commission’s agenda. Chief on the list is passing a law to require private sector entities to report cybersecurity incidents to CISA. Lawmakers failed to include incident reporting legislation in this year’s NDAA. Langevin’s passion project of establishing a joint collaborative environment for industry and government to share information in real time was also excluded.

Cybersecurity-focused lawmakers were hoping to pass incident reporting legislation to mark the anniversary of the SolarWinds hack, which compromised nine federal agencies and about 100 U.S. companies. 

In an assessment of fallout from the hack, the Government Accountability Office on Friday noted the inability of several agencies to track activity on their networks due to insufficient logging, something Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., highlighted in expressing alarm over agencies’ exposure to the adversary. Langevin challenged Microsoft on the issue, questioning their profit motive while suggesting logging should be standard for customers as a cybersecurity feature. 

“Thank you for your consistent and strong leadership on cybersecurity—your absence leaves a large hole in Congress but you have succeeded in raising the profile of the issue with your peers,” said Chris Painter, president of the Global Forum on Cyber Expertise and former top cybersecurity diplomat at the State Department.

Rep. John Katko, R-N.Y., ranking member of the House Homeland Security Committee who worked often with Langevin also announced his retirement on Friday

X
This website uses cookies to enhance user experience and to analyze performance and traffic on our website. We also share information about your use of our site with our social media, advertising and analytics partners. Learn More / Do Not Sell My Personal Information
Accept Cookies
X
Cookie Preferences Cookie List

Do Not Sell My Personal Information

When you visit our website, we store cookies on your browser to collect information. The information collected might relate to you, your preferences or your device, and is mostly used to make the site work as you expect it to and to provide a more personalized web experience. However, you can choose not to allow certain types of cookies, which may impact your experience of the site and the services we are able to offer. Click on the different category headings to find out more and change our default settings according to your preference. You cannot opt-out of our First Party Strictly Necessary Cookies as they are deployed in order to ensure the proper functioning of our website (such as prompting the cookie banner and remembering your settings, to log into your account, to redirect you when you log out, etc.). For more information about the First and Third Party Cookies used please follow this link.

Allow All Cookies

Manage Consent Preferences

Strictly Necessary Cookies - Always Active

We do not allow you to opt-out of our certain cookies, as they are necessary to ensure the proper functioning of our website (such as prompting our cookie banner and remembering your privacy choices) and/or to monitor site performance. These cookies are not used in a way that constitutes a “sale” of your data under the CCPA. You can set your browser to block or alert you about these cookies, but some parts of the site will not work as intended if you do so. You can usually find these settings in the Options or Preferences menu of your browser. Visit www.allaboutcookies.org to learn more.

Sale of Personal Data, Targeting & Social Media Cookies

Under the California Consumer Privacy Act, you have the right to opt-out of the sale of your personal information to third parties. These cookies collect information for analytics and to personalize your experience with targeted ads. You may exercise your right to opt out of the sale of personal information by using this toggle switch. If you opt out we will not be able to offer you personalised ads and will not hand over your personal information to any third parties. Additionally, you may contact our legal department for further clarification about your rights as a California consumer by using this Exercise My Rights link

If you have enabled privacy controls on your browser (such as a plugin), we have to take that as a valid request to opt-out. Therefore we would not be able to track your activity through the web. This may affect our ability to personalize ads according to your preferences.

Targeting cookies may be set through our site by our advertising partners. They may be used by those companies to build a profile of your interests and show you relevant adverts on other sites. They do not store directly personal information, but are based on uniquely identifying your browser and internet device. If you do not allow these cookies, you will experience less targeted advertising.

Social media cookies are set by a range of social media services that we have added to the site to enable you to share our content with your friends and networks. They are capable of tracking your browser across other sites and building up a profile of your interests. This may impact the content and messages you see on other websites you visit. If you do not allow these cookies you may not be able to use or see these sharing tools.

If you want to opt out of all of our lead reports and lists, please submit a privacy request at our Do Not Sell page.

Save Settings
Cookie Preferences Cookie List

Cookie List

A cookie is a small piece of data (text file) that a website – when visited by a user – asks your browser to store on your device in order to remember information about you, such as your language preference or login information. Those cookies are set by us and called first-party cookies. We also use third-party cookies – which are cookies from a domain different than the domain of the website you are visiting – for our advertising and marketing efforts. More specifically, we use cookies and other tracking technologies for the following purposes:

Strictly Necessary Cookies

We do not allow you to opt-out of our certain cookies, as they are necessary to ensure the proper functioning of our website (such as prompting our cookie banner and remembering your privacy choices) and/or to monitor site performance. These cookies are not used in a way that constitutes a “sale” of your data under the CCPA. You can set your browser to block or alert you about these cookies, but some parts of the site will not work as intended if you do so. You can usually find these settings in the Options or Preferences menu of your browser. Visit www.allaboutcookies.org to learn more.

Functional Cookies

We do not allow you to opt-out of our certain cookies, as they are necessary to ensure the proper functioning of our website (such as prompting our cookie banner and remembering your privacy choices) and/or to monitor site performance. These cookies are not used in a way that constitutes a “sale” of your data under the CCPA. You can set your browser to block or alert you about these cookies, but some parts of the site will not work as intended if you do so. You can usually find these settings in the Options or Preferences menu of your browser. Visit www.allaboutcookies.org to learn more.

Performance Cookies

We do not allow you to opt-out of our certain cookies, as they are necessary to ensure the proper functioning of our website (such as prompting our cookie banner and remembering your privacy choices) and/or to monitor site performance. These cookies are not used in a way that constitutes a “sale” of your data under the CCPA. You can set your browser to block or alert you about these cookies, but some parts of the site will not work as intended if you do so. You can usually find these settings in the Options or Preferences menu of your browser. Visit www.allaboutcookies.org to learn more.

Sale of Personal Data

We also use cookies to personalize your experience on our websites, including by determining the most relevant content and advertisements to show you, and to monitor site traffic and performance, so that we may improve our websites and your experience. You may opt out of our use of such cookies (and the associated “sale” of your Personal Information) by using this toggle switch. You will still see some advertising, regardless of your selection. Because we do not track you across different devices, browsers and GEMG properties, your selection will take effect only on this browser, this device and this website.

Social Media Cookies

We also use cookies to personalize your experience on our websites, including by determining the most relevant content and advertisements to show you, and to monitor site traffic and performance, so that we may improve our websites and your experience. You may opt out of our use of such cookies (and the associated “sale” of your Personal Information) by using this toggle switch. You will still see some advertising, regardless of your selection. Because we do not track you across different devices, browsers and GEMG properties, your selection will take effect only on this browser, this device and this website.

Targeting Cookies

We also use cookies to personalize your experience on our websites, including by determining the most relevant content and advertisements to show you, and to monitor site traffic and performance, so that we may improve our websites and your experience. You may opt out of our use of such cookies (and the associated “sale” of your Personal Information) by using this toggle switch. You will still see some advertising, regardless of your selection. Because we do not track you across different devices, browsers and GEMG properties, your selection will take effect only on this browser, this device and this website.