By Joseph Marks
The government must dramatically overhaul its outdated and bureaucratic approach to
The proposals from the Cyber Solarium Commission — made up of lawmakers, administration officials, industry executives and
The commission also wants to wrangle the overlapping
The group’s goal is to make recommendations similar to those from the 9/11 Commission Report in 2004, but before a major disaster
“We want to generate action ahead of the catastrophe,” he said. “Cynics say our system can only work after an emergency
The report also urges a new “declaratory policy” outlining how the United States will punch back against adversaries that hack election systems, government agencies, energy companies, airports and other critical infrastructure.
“Our adversaries have had a free ride so far,” King said. “They haven’t had any real fear of reprisal. We need to make our adversaries think twice before they decide to attack us.”
The commission itself is modeled on a Cold War-era panel convened by President Dwight Eisenhower tasked with developing a long-term strategy for competing with the Soviet Union.
King and co-chair, Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-Wis.) hope to evade the fate of a slew of previous commissions and committees offering grand
For starters, about 50 of the report’s 80 recommendations have already been written up as draft bills that the four lawmakers on the commission — which also includes Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) and Rep. Jim Langevin (D-R
And he’s hopeful that a cavalcade of high-profile breaches, including the Russian hacking of the Democratic National Committee and the Hillary Clinton campaign in
“I think there’s a greater sense of urgency than there was even three years ago,” King said. “People are getting a clearer picture of the threat, and the threat is only going to be multiplied in coming years.”
One big barrier, however, could be getting President Trump on board.
The commission included members from DHS, the Pentagon, the intelligence community and the
Indeed, Trump’s former national security adviser John Bolton eliminated in 2018 a far less powerful position — a White House cybersecurity coordinator — and Trump has given no indication he wants to reinstate the role.
Trump has also been hostile to focusing attention on Russian hacking threats, which are one of the nation’s key
“The president has to be convinced this is important,” King told me. “This isn’t part of the election of 2016
King and Gallagher plan to sell the commission’s major proposals with a schedule full of appearances at think tanks, universities and media interviews in the coming weeks — similar to an effort by 9/11 Commission co-chairs former New Jersey governor Thomas Kean (R) and former congressman Lee Hamilton (D-
“I’ve worked too hard on this to not work hard on getting it implemented,” King said. “I’m absolutely convinced this is a disaster waiting to happen and we’ve got to confront it.”
The White House did not respond yesterday to a request for comment.
The proposal to streamline congressional
Other major proposals in the report include:
- A review aimed at increasing the number of troops assigned to U.S. Cyber Command
- Increasing resources for DHS's main
cybersecuritydivision, the Cybersecurityand Infrastructure Security Agency
- Directing CISA to help federal agencies such as the Energy Department and the Environmental Protection Agency ensure companies in their sectors become more secure against hacking
- Increasing funding for the Election Assistance Commission, which helps states and counties protect elections from hacking
permanent a Federal Election Commission ruling that allows
cybersecuritycompanies to offer free and reduced-price services to help secure political campaigns
- Creating a certification authority that would indicate a product has met security standards
publicly traded companies to demonstrate to the Securities and Exchange
Commission they have conducted
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William Evanina, director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center..
That tempers officials' last month assessment that Russia had developed a “preference” for President Trump. The earlier briefing angered Trump when he learned about it, officials told Seung Min and Ellen.
Absent from the hearing was the intelligence community’s top election threats executive Shelby Pierson, who delivered the previous briefing that drew the president’s ire. Trump's acting director of national intelligence Richard Grenell also declined to appear, which people familiar with the matter told told Seung Min and Ellen was out of concern about addressing sensitive subjects that tend to upset the president.
Trump dismissed the briefing before it even began, tweeting, "It is headed up by corrupt politician Adam ‘Shifty’ Schiff, so I wouldn’t expect too much!"
There is another Russia, Russia, Russia meeting today. It is headed up by corrupt politician Adam “Shifty” Schiff, so I wouldn’t expect too much! @DHS_Wolf— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 10, 2020
Mr. President, you are wrong. As usual.— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) March 10, 2020
Today’s briefing for all House Members focuses on the threat of foreign interference in our election.
briefersare agency heads and senior officials. They are your own people.
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The endorsement from
The bipartisan legislation would strip tech companies of liability protections for content that users share on their platforms if they don't comply with government-issued guidelines to prevent online child sexual exploitation. Tech companies fear those requirements will include allowing police backdoor access to encrypted communications.
Elizabeth Banker, deputy general counsel
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) departs following a national security briefing Tuesday for members of the House of Representatives about how Russia has been using social media to stoke racial and social differences ahead of this year's general election.
It could face criticism from Senate Republicans for not going far enough to restructure the surveillance protocols that President Trump alleges intelligence agencies abused to monitor his campaign.
Privacy hawks, meanwhile, probably will oppose the bill for not doing enough to protect civil liberties.
THE NEW WILD WEST—
- The Cyberspace Solarium Commission will release of its final report and recommendations during a public event on Wednesday at 2:30 p.m.
- The Senate Committee Judiciary will hold a hearing Wednesday on “The EARN IT Act: Holding the Tech Industry Accountable in the Fight Against Online Child Sexual Exploitation” on Wednesday at 10:00 a.m.
R Street Institute and The Chertoff Group will hold a
coveration onEARN IT Act and Its Broader Implications for Encryption and Cybersecurity on Wednesday at noon.
Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs will
meet on Wednesday at 2:30pm to consider several
- House Homeland Security
cybersecuritysubcommittee holds an open hearing on the CISA budget on Wednesday at 11am.