WASHINGTON (Dec. 11, 2020) – Tatyana Bolton, managing senior fellow for the R Street Institute’s Cybersecurity & Emerging Threats team, applauds the Cyberspace Solarium Commission for their work on the 25 cybersecurity recommendations included in the just-passed William M. “Mac” Thornberry National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021 (NDAA).

“The Solarium Commission was able to achieve stunning results in a short timeframe, coming in both on schedule and under budget,” said Bolton. “The Commission’s singular focus on legislative action, purposeful extensive engagement with private sector and public sector security experts, and bipartisan, bicameral, and joint executive and legislative cooperation paved the way for its unique accomplishments.”

The Solarium Commission established a strategic vision for cybersecurity that touched on all aspects of the issue: U.S. government structure, cybersecurity as a military instrument of power, resilience, the cyber ecosystem, norms and non-military tools, and collaboration with the private sector. Their recommendations to establish a national cyber director position, strengthen the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), and provide CISA with the authority to hunt threats on federal networks will speed the way toward more robust and effective cybersecurity for the nation.

In the words of Mark Montgomery, the Commission’s executive director, “Senator McCain purposely constructed the Commission with sitting legislators, and wrote the language to be biased towards action. He won.” R Street is enthusiastic about working with the Commission and other non-profit organizations to move toward improved cybersecurity and the implementation of all Commission recommendations.


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