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July 1, 2015
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           Congressman Langevin is interviewed

Dear Friends,

When I first began exploring cybersecurity nearly a decade ago, it was an issue that wasn’t capturing many headlines. But years have passed and headlines have accumulated, and cyber breaches are now a mainstay in the media. Too many consumers have been affected by commercial hacks of retail giants like Target and Home Depot; too many companies, from Sony Pictures Entertainment to Google, have felt the wrath of cyber criminals.

And early last month, another headline captured our national attention. The Social Security numbers, birthdates and other personally identifiable information of millions of current and former federal employees was compromised in a breach of the Office of Personnel Management.

This breach underscores the need for a reexamination of the federal government’s approach to securing its networks. I am encouraged by recent policy advances, such as the Protecting Cyber Networks Act and the National Cybersecurity Protection Advancement Act, and this year’s National Defense Authorization Act, which included improved cybersecurity provisions. We are making progress, but we must do more.

Our distant and not-so-distant history is doomed to repeat itself unless we take stronger action. Improving our nation’s cybersecurity has long been a priority for me, and it needs to be a priority for all of us if we want to stop the presses on cyber-crime. Leaders in all sectors – both public and private – need to realize the magnitude of the threats we face in cyberspace and reassess their own vulnerabilities.

To learn more about my leadership on cybersecurity and my vision for a more secure future, follow me on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Instagram.

            Sincerely,

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It Is So Ordered
“They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right.” Taken from Justice Kennedy’s opinion in Obergefell v. Hodges, that quote validates the work, legacy and love of all lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans. In back-to-back landmark decisions, the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage and protected the rights of millions of Americans in their pursuit of quality health care in King v. Burwell. Not a bad week, if you ask me.
 
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As someone who grew up with foster siblings, I have always been concerned with protecting the rights of foster youth. Legendary journalist Dan Rather shares that concern for children. It was an honor to have him as my guest for a briefing of the Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth. His documentary, “Unwanted in America,” will shed light on the re-homing of adopted children, and I appreciate his support of my efforts to better protect all kids.
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