Cyber Experts Urge House Committee to Avoid Federal Shutdown
Cybersecurity experts urged Congress to avoid a government shutdown on October 1 - the start of the new federal fiscal year - telling a House panel that a lapse would damage efforts to keep the nation secure. Congress has yet to approve any of the dozen funding bills that expire annually and are necessary to keep most federal agencies operational. The legislature has 12 days before the current federal fiscal year ends, along with the funding Congress appropriated for it. A shutdown would cause delays of critical work by the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, and some projects would come to a halt, testified Brian Gumbel, president of security firm Armis, in a Tuesday hearing before the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Protection. The longer the funding delay, "the more time adversaries will have to get in front of us," Gumbel said. "The delays are just terrible for this nation and this is going to cause some major impact."