Rep. Carlos Gimenez Questions Witnesses on the Need to Protect Operational Technology Amid Increased Threats

Rep. Carlos Gimenez Questions Witnesses on the Need to Protect Operational Technology Amid Increased Threats

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Carlos A. Giménez (FL-28) questioned witnesses in a Homeland Security Subcommittee on Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Protection hearing to address threats posed to operational technology (OT) across sectors, particularly the water sector. The hearing also examined the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency’s (CISA) role in securing OT amid increased threats. 

The Homeland Security Subcommittee on Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Protection maintains oversight of CISA and the cybersecurity operations of the Department of Homeland Security. Operational technology is the use of hardware and software to monitor and control physical processes, devices, and infrastructure.

“Operational technology safeguards the critical infrastructure that we rely on everyday, “said Rep. Gimenez. “Amid the recent increase in cyberattacks against the United States by Iran-backed actors and Communist China, it is imperative we ensure our cybersecurity protections are robust and capable of handling evolving threats.” 

Title: Securing Operational Technology: A Deep Dive into the Water Sector


Robert M. Lee
CEO and Co-founder, Dragos

Charles Clancy
Senior Vice President, General Manager, MITRE Labs; Chief Technology Officer, MITRE

Kevin Morley
Manager, Federal Relations, American Water Works Association (AWWA)

Marty Edwards
Deputy Chief Technology Officer, Operational Technology and Internet of Things Tenable

To watch Rep. Gimenez’s line of questioning, CLICK HERE

Congressman Carlos Giménez represents Miami-Dade County and the beautiful Florida Keys. He is the only Cuban-born Member of the 118th Congress, having fled his homeland shortly after the Communist takeover of the island. He is the first career firefighter paramedic elected to the House of Representatives and served as the former Fire Chief of the City of Miami and Mayor of Miami-Dade County. He serves on the House Armed Services Committee, the Homeland Security Committee, and the Select Committee on China.

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