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Cyberspace Solarium Commission Releases FY 2021 Legislative Proposals for Infrastructure Security

The Cyberspace Solarium Commission have released CSC’s fiscal year 2021 legislative proposals to defend critical infrastructure from cyberattacks, the commission reported Tuesday. 

“The status quo of adversaries increasing their cyber capabilities while America’s vulnerabilities continue to grow is unacceptable,” said Sen. Angus King, I-Maine. “These legislative proposals provide Congress with thoughtful solutions that will limit our adversaries’ ability to undermine American power and influence.”

CSC’s legislative actions will operationalize the commission’s strategy of “Layered Cyber Deterrence,” which will shape behavior in cyberspace, deny benefits to adversaries who exploit cyberspace and impose costs against those who target the nation’s economic and democratic institutions within cyberspace.

The proposals were utilized by the House and Senate to develop submissions into the FY 2021 National Defense Authorization Act bills. The Commission will also investigate other legislative vehicles to move the proposals over the remainder of the congressional cycle. 

This commission has  drawn upon the expertise of congressional legislators, corporate leaders, federal, state and local officials, academics and cybersecurity experts to develop the final report. To draft the report, the commissioners examined the national cybersecurity posture and worked with the executive branch, national committees and the private sector to draw conclusions. 

CSC has identified strategic opportunities to improve our national preparedness and resilience in the event of a cyber disruption.  

“The Cyberspace Solarium Commission was clear: we must act decisively to not only better strengthen our ability to coordinate a whole-of-nation response to cyberattacks of significant consequence, but prevent them in the first place,” said Rep. Mike Gallagher, R-Wis. “These bipartisan proposals provide a road map for strengthening our cyber resiliency and help ensure our country is better prepared for — and able to avoid – a cyber calamity."

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