U.S. Senator Ben Sasse, creator of the Cyberspace Solarium Commission, applauded the inclusion of 26 recommendations from the commission into the 2021 National Defense Authorization Act.

"Modern wars are fought not just with bombs but also with bytes. The creation of the National Cyber Director and the inclusion of two dozen of our Solarium recommendations in this year’s defense bill is great news. We’ve got a lot more work to do, but this is real progress today."  

Background:  

Through Sen. Sasse’s legislative initiative, the Cyberspace Solarium Commission was signed into law as part of the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act. Sen. Sasse was appointed to serve on the Commission, which officially launched in April 2019. In March 2020, the Commission released their finished report.

Of the 26 recommendations adopted in this year’s NDAA, a number of provisions were led by Sen. Sasse and Sen. King, the Co-Chairs of the Commission:

  • Establishment of the National Cyber Director and the Office of the National Cyber Director within the Executive Office of the President to serve in a Senate-confirmed capacity as the President’s principal cyber advisor and provide a nexus for cybersecurity leadership in the White House. 
  • Creation and maintenance of a Continuity of the Economy Plan to ensure the rapid reboot of national critical functions of the economy following a catastrophic cyberattack.
  • Several recommendations to strengthen the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency including the establishment of a Joint Cyber Planning Office to facilitate comprehensive planning of defensive cybersecurity campaigns and the review of federal cybersecurity centers for integration within CISA.