The former vice president said on Thursday that the United States must continue to invest in cybersecurity in order to prevent further cyberattacks.
Biden was responding to a tweet by Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, who has advocated for the passage of a cybersecurity bill, that includes provisions to protect against cyberattack.
“It’s time for Congress to put its cybersecurity plan in place, not just to stop the Russian hacking, but to get the country back on track,” Graham tweeted.
Graham, the chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, also said that he is considering the Senate version of the Cybersecurity Act, which would add more penalties for cyberattacks on U.S. infrastructure.
“We’re talking about serious damage,” Graham told CNN’s Jake Tapper on “State of the Union.”
“I’m not going to sit here and say, ‘Oh, well, this is it.’
The American people know that this is a big problem.
They’re not going away, and it’s something we’re going to have to deal with.”
Graham said he plans to introduce a cybersecurity legislation next year, but did not specify what form the legislation would take.
The Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act, or CISPA, passed the House in March and was signed into law by President Barack Obama.
Graham said on “The Lead” on Thursday, however, that he thinks it will be “a long time” before cybersecurity legislation becomes law.
“This is the big issue that needs to be dealt with,” he said.
“We have to have an investment in cybersecurity, we have to make sure that we’re able to protect the American people.”
Graham also said he has not spoken to President Donald Trump, who is scheduled to meet with cybersecurity experts at the White House on Friday.