Congressmen Speak on Cyber, Critical Infrastructure, and Counties

Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger of Maryland addresses the National Association of Counties State Association Directors on the importance of local government and the threat of cyber attacks on the energy grid.

At the National Association of Counties annual meeting of state county association executives, NACo hosted Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger of Maryland and Congressman John Carter of Texas, two former county officials who are currently co-sponsoring a bill that would examine the cybersecurity vulnerabilities of energy infrastructure.

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NACo Executive Director Matt Chase speaks with Congressman Carter of Texas and Congressman Ruppersberger of Maryland.

The Congressmen spoke about their working relationship as an example of bi-partisanship and the strong ties they keep to local officials in their home districts.

Speaking about Maryland, Congressman Ruppersberger shared how his district, the 2nd Congressional District in Maryland is home to the National Security Agency and Fort Meade.

He spoke about what keeps him up at night, topics that include the threat of nuclear attack, and the use of cyber attacks on critical infrastructure. He described how cyber attacks on American businesses weaken the national economy by billions of dollars a year, and how a cyber attack on the energy grid could be used against the U.S.

Noting his regular communication with local officials, and referencing his service as Baltimore County Executive and former President of MACo, Ruppersberger acknowledged that local government encompasses the concerns of constituents  whose priorities are their homes, their school, and their safety.

For more information, see Ruppersberger Introduces House Companion to Senate Energy Grid Security Measure.