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The Cybersecurity 202: Cyber Solarium Commission Aims to Avert a Cyber 9/11 Before it’s Too Late


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Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.), left, with Sen. Angus King (I-Maine).

Proposals from the Cyber Solarium Commission to overhaul the U.S. government's outdated and bureaucratic approach to cybersecurity include putting new executives with broad authorities at the top of cybersecurity policy at the White House and State Department.

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The government must dramatically overhaul its outdated and bureaucratic approach to cybersecurity if it hopes to avert a catastrophic attack, a long-awaited commission report coming out this morning warns. 

The proposals from the Cyber Solarium Commission — made up of lawmakers, administration officials, industry executives and cybersecurity experts — include putting new executives with broad authorities at the top of cybersecurity policy at the White House and State Department, as my colleague Ellen Nakashima reports. 

The commission also wants to wrangle the overlapping cybersecurity authorities among congressional committees — which former senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO) once compared to a bowl of spaghetti — into two select cybersecurity committees, one in the House and the other in the Senate. The proposals were shared with The Post before their release.

 

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