Boehner taps Thornberry to lead cybersecurity initiative

As the new GOP-led House prepares to be seated, the incoming speaker has designated new leadership on a new cybersecurity effort.

Incoming Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio) has tapped Republican Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) to lead an initiative on cybersecurity that Boehner says cuts across committee lines.

InfoSecurity.com reports the initiative will focus on uniting the Congress’s multiple cybersecurity efforts.

Online Chat: Beth Killoran, deputy assistant secretary for Information Technology and chief information officer at HHS, on March 28.

Cybersecurity issues in the House have been plagued by jurisdictional disputes, as multiple committees each have a part of the cybersecurity pie.

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Thornberry will also become the vice chairman of the House Armed Services Committee when the 112th Congress is seated next month.

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