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Gop Rep. Mariannette Miller-meeks Offers Her Take On U.S. Cybersecurity

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Recently, Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks appeared on Fox News’ “Sunday Night in America” to speak with fellow-Republican and now TV host Trey Gowdy, to address some of America’s most pressing issues.

The segment tackled matters regarding national security, most especially the lurking cyber threats coming from rival nations such as Russia and China.

“I think that there are other people that have also come to that conclusion that it could lead to that. But that also means that it’s this much more important that we take our cybersecurity very seriously, and that we enact penalties and sanctions upon those that hack, those that request ransomware and gain money. So it is a very serious issue,” Miller-Meeks said.

The GOP congresswoman believes that communication with leaders of our rivals is of utmost importance and must not be handled with weakness.

“I think giving a list to Vladimir Putin saying these are the companies in the U.S. you don’t attack is not the way to ensure our cybersecurity and that hacking attacks such as that decrease. We need to have a very bold, very strong approach, so that we can avoid any shooting war.”

“I gave them a list, if I’m not mistaken—I don’t have it in front of me — 16 specific entities; 16 defined as critical infrastructure under U.S. policy, from the energy sector to our water systems,” Biden said.

Miller-Meeks believes that the Biden administration should proceed to solve this problem firmly and with conviction. Failing to do so will only create more conflict and the safety of the country will be at risk.

“If the President believes that a major cyberattack could lead to a shooting war, then, by all means, that means you need to institute policies now. You need to have a strong stance towards China and towards Russia,” she said.

“The best offense is a good defense, and right now, we’re not in a posture war. We’re really putting forth the best interests of the United States” she added.

Last week, president Joe Biden made a visit to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence in Virginia and spoke to the workers about the cyber threats that our country is facing lately.

“We see how cyberattacks including ransomware attacks increasingly are able to cause damage in the real world,” Biden said

“I can’t guarantee this, and you’re as informed as I am, but I think it’s more likely we’re going to end up – if we end up in a war, a real shooting war with a world power, it’s going to be as a result of a cyber breach of great consequence,” Biden added.

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