Watch Live: Vice President Pence speaks at the Cybersecurity Summit in New York City

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so the digital threats were growing more numerous and more dangerous by the day in 2014 of foreign government actually hacked into the White House Network itself and yet in the face of constant attacks like that the administration too often show silence and paralysis over strength and action mistake about it those days are over at president Trump’s Direction our Administration is decisive action the fortify America’s cybersecurity capabilities also forging new Partnerships evidenced by this conference today all across our society and also with state and local with great corporations so well represented here we secured vital new funding for cyber security in our first year in office we allocate additional 1.2 billion dollars for digital defense and Administration has requested a record 15 billion dollars to secure America’s cyber Frontiers and will continue to work with Congress to provide the resources we need to defend our nation from the threats we face in the digital domain but this critical issue requires more than new funding America also needs a central hub for cyber-security and today we call on the United to follow the lead of the House of Representatives and before the end of this year and act legislation to create a new agency under the authority of DHS the time has come for the cybersecurity and infra structured security agents to keep to commence thank you this agency will bring together the resources the focus on cybersecurity and it’s an idea whose time has come in addition to funding and reforms our Administration is hardening Federal networks as never before we’re taking renewed action to identify eliminate weaknesses that our adversaries could exploit for example the federal government has long allowed Kaspersky lab a Russian antivirus software to be installed on federal devices even though it direct relationship with the Russian government and intelligent services this threat existed for many years but our Administration ended the threat last year when we banned Kaspersky software from the entire federal government developers and Network America’s intelligence and law enforcement agencies have an unparalleled ability to discover weaknesses and digital products and software but while the last administration’s almost always held onto this I’m proud to report that we significantly improved how much we share with the private sector and the speed with which we share it today nearly a third of the threat indicators we share with businesses aren’t available from any other source and we’ll continue on that track finally our Administration is putting the finishing touches on our national cyber strategy this strategy will make clear that the United it’s will bring every element of our national power to Bear to protect the integrity and security of the American digital domain our actions have already made our adversaries actions more costly and if we continue to reinforce our cyberdefenses we will deter them as never before but as you no we can’t prevent Every Soul or attack in the digital sphere the sheer size and magnitude of the danger combined with the rapid Evolution means that sometimes will simply slipped I’ll be sure our government will continue to ensure the resilience of our digital infrastructure so that when these breaches may occur we can get back on her feet fast chart a path forward from our vulnerability and prevent the next attack when it comes to stopping or cyber adversaries resilience though isn’t enough we also must be prepared to respond and in this white house I’m proud to report we are our Administration is taken action to elevate the United States cyber command to a combatant command putting it on the same level as the commands Dover CR military operations around the world are at the series 2 Cyber attack us with impunity our goal remains American Security will be as dominant in the digital world as we are in the physical world there’s still much more work ahead and what brings us all here today is the recognition that we cannot do it alone strengthening American cyber security does not belong solely to our national government in Washington DC the greatest progress happens from the bottom up not from the top down and so beyond our government wide approach we need you we need you to continue to partner with us for a nation wide approach for together we can protect America’s digital domain no it’s been said cybersecurity is a team sport it requires seamless collaboration between the federal government state and local leaders but also innovators entrepreneurs academic experts in a word it requires all of you in this room and all of those that you represent all across the nation we’ve already taken important steps I’m please improve our Partnerships at every level and in addition to this conference today where you heard much about those efforts I’m particularly excited with the new initiative the secretary Nielsen announced this morning the national risk Management Center will be the Gateway for American companies who want to work with the federal government more closely to strengthen our shared cyber-security and let me take this moment to thank all of you we’ll already expressed your intention to join this critical initiative just a few weeks ago in the situation room I personally met with the president’s National Security telecommunications advisory committee all brings together key industry leaders to develop recommendations on Cyber policy I learned then and we’ll learn more in just a few short weeks and then stack will soon launch a cyber-security moon initiative to focus our national Energy’s and skills on digital dominance those leaders that day and for me that America won the race to the moon and under this Administration in partnership with all of you America will lead the way to cyber-security and strength essential the security and prosperity the American people but as We Gather today American people also deserve to know that our democracy is secure as well so before I close let me speak to our Administration is unprecedented action to safeguard the Integrity of our elections while other Nation certainly possess the capability the fact is Russia meddled in our 2016 election that is the unambiguous Judgment of our intelligence community and is the president said we accept the intelligence community’s conclusion Russia’s goal was to sow Discord and Division and a week in the American people democracy and while no actual votes were changed any attempt to interfere in our elections is an affront to our democracy and it will not be allowed the United States of America will not tolerate any foreign interference in our elections from any nation-state not from Russia China North Korea or anyone else is President Trump said we’re not going to have it to that in over the past year president Trump is directed are Administration to create as well a whole of approach to strengthen election security as recently as last week the president convene a National Security Council meeting for updates on the progress that we’ve made as the president said we taking a Firm Stance with strong action the FBI is formed the foreign influence task force to identify secret foreign attempts to infiltrate our society and undermine our democracy the Department of Homeland security is launched the election information sharing analysis Center this project which all 50 states and more than 900 Counties have already joined will help prevent attacks before they happen identify when they’re under way and stop them before they can do any lasting damage working with the converse we’ve also made 380 million dollars available to states to help them ensure the security of their election systems including upgrading voting machines and the most up-to-date and secure technology where deploy new sensors to monitor election networks and identify potential intrusions at the state and local level 37 states have opted in program before this November we intend to expand the further 22 States and counties as they request Administration has also launched a national cyber situational awareness room that offers States Virtua connection between DHS and election offices on Election Day itself in my home state of Indiana as well as Ohio North Carolina and West Virginia this system was used in the May 8th primary and we’re working hard to expand this project for other states so that’s ready before the midterm elections in November we’ve also been working to help state and local governments rapidly respond to cyberattacks less than 2 weeks ago Finney County Kansas reached out to DHS for help after a malware attack force them to shutdown not just their election network but the entire County’s Network Federal officials work earnestly hand-in-hand Wythe County officials to identify and ultimately eliminate this dangerous intrusion this action was a model of the collaboration that we need to ensure the security of our elections we command the state and local and federal officials that made it happen elections are administered and conducted at the state and local level this Administration is already been a champion of federalism and respected the purview in the authority of our stayed local officials don’t have concrete plans to upgrade their voting systems 14 states are struggling to replace outdated voting machines at like Paper Trails before the next presidential election so today as a former Governor urge with great respect every state to take renewed action take advantage of the assistance offered by our Administration do everything in your power to strengthen and protect your election systems you owe your constituents that and the American people expect nothing less this is the time for vigilance in Rizal and I can sure you are Administration will continue to take strong action we’ve already done more than any of ministration in American history to preserve the integrity be of The Ballot Box and we just begun will continue to work tirelessly to prevent foreign nations in Moline actors from hacking into our election infrastructure with a potential of changing votes or election outcomes it’s a president is said we will repel any efforts to interfere in our elections when anyone violates our laws we will bring them to justice and utilize every element of our national power to respond because our democracy demands and deserves the most vigorous Defence we could get it assure you we will do this in a manner that respects the god-given Liberties enshrined in our constitution including the freedom of speech in the freedom of the price we will never stipple voices in a free Society but we can expose me 9 + fraudulent voices and they seek to undermine confidence in our democracy and this we will do our Administration will always make efforts to shed light on foreign attempts to interfere or malign influence in our elections in our society or 16th President Abraham Lincoln probably said it best when he said give the people the facts and the Republic will be saved people have the FAX they always uphold our most cherished institutions and values and this is just as true today as there’s ever been in our nation’s long and storied history so thank you again for being here being a part of this important and historic Gathering security Summit he defended the Trump administration’s efforts to protect the country from cyber threats pointing out that cyber command is now elevated to the level of combatant command in the Department of Defense he also said Russia on interfered in the 2016 election saying that is the conclusion of the US intelligence community and we accept that determination there is much more news ahead this is cbs.n stay with us
Amid concerns of Russia meddling in the upcoming midterm elections, VP Mike Pence addresses the National Cybersecurity Summit


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