Sen. Wyden Rules Committee for Encryption Move

Ron Wyden Oregon

Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., is thanking the Senate Rules Committee for its work to improve the Senate’s cybersecurity posture by moving to begin encrypting data stored on Senate computers. “I applaud these efforts as this new common sense cybersecurity policy will better protect sensitive Senate data from those who might wish to compromise it,” Wyden wrote to Rules Chairman Roy Blunt, R-Mo., and Ranking Member Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn. “This new policy will make it much harder for any would-be spy or criminal who steals a Senate computer to access Senate data. This is particularly important for laptops, which are more vulnerable to foreign government surveillance when Senate staff take them home or on work-related travel.” Wyden initially asked the Committee to look into the lack of encryption in a Sept. 19, 2018 letter.

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