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2 in RI delegation urge action on cybersecurity

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- U.S. Rep. James Langevin is calling the consequences of inaction on cybersecurity legislation on Capitol Hill "perilously high."

The Rhode Island Democrat says the federal government must do more to protect against cyber risks, which officials say will soon overtake terrorism as the biggest national security threat in the U.S. He also says it's important to encourage students to learn the computer skills needed for careers in the growing field of cybersecurity.

Langevin made the remarks at a national cybersecurity conference at the U.S. Military Academy in New York on Monday morning.

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse delivered the keynote address Sunday. The Rhode Island Democrat called for greater public awareness of cyber threats and quoted Defense Secretary Leon Panetta as saying the "next Pearl Harbor" could be a cyberattack.