Nebraska senator's plan for cybersecurity commission passes committee


A plan to form a commission that would create a strategic approach to defending the Unites States in cyberspace has been passed by the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Senator Ben Sasse proposed the Cyberspace Solarium Commission to create a consensus around an American cyber strategy for the 21st century.

"The United States does not have a serious cyber strategy but our enemies do," said Sasse. "Hybrid warfare is already here and America is not ready. We desperately need a top-to-bottom review of our cyber posture. After years of cyber attacks from adversaries like Russia, China, and North Korea, Washington has admitted that we don’t have a broadly understood cyber doctrine and we aren’t effectively deterring these attacks. We lack a doctrine that defines how, when, and where we play offense and defense. We don’t have a playbook. It’s time to draft one."

The United States does not have a coherent cyber doctrine and does not effectively deter attacks, Sasse said in a press release.

The Cyberspace Solarium Commission has been included in the Senate Armed Services Committee’s National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2019.

If enacted into law, the 13-member commission will be composed by representatives from the Executive Branch, Legislative Branch, and private sector who have demonstrated knowledge, expertise, and experience in both the cyberspace and national security fields.

The Cyberspace Solarium Commission will guide a deliberate, structured debate that will produce a final report that outlines a path forward for the United States Government by September 1, 2019. This report will be submitted to the congressional defense committees, the congressional intelligence committees, the Director of National Intelligence, the Secretary of Defense, and the Director of Homeland Security.

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