December 15, 2021
U.S. Senator Ben Sasse, a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, issued the following statement after the Senate passed the National Defense Authorization Act.
“The federal government’s first job is national defense – this bill should have been done months ago, but I’m glad it’s over the finish line. This defense bill takes incremental steps towards a tougher China policy and makes some investments in our own cyber security. My Cyberspace Solarium Commission secured provisions to expand cyber threat detection, planning and collaboration, which are wins for U.S. cyber security. There’s still a lot that needs to be done on the national security front, but passing the defense bill is a step in the right direction.”
A few provisions from the Cyber Solarium Commission that were included in this year’s NDAA:
- Improving and expanding planning capacity and readiness by requiring the regular update of the National Cyber Incident Response Plan
- Establishing the National Cyber Exercise Program, run by CISA
- Expanding voluntary threat detection and monitoring programs through the codification of the CyberSentry program in law
- Expanding cyber defense collaboration with ICT enablers by establishing a Department of Homeland Security pilot program with internet ecosystem companies and mandating that Cyber Command create a process to coordinate with ICT companies