Cyberspace Solarium Commission Digital Event Series

Digital Event #3: Reform the U.S. Government's Structure and Organization for Cyberspace

April 29, 2020

CSC Digital Event #3 - Reform USG Structure & Org.mp4

On Wednesday, April 29 at 11 AM EST, the Cyberspace Solarium Commission hosted its next staff-hosted virtual event. The event focused on the foundational pillar of our final report: “Reform the U.S. Government's Structure and Organization for Cyberspace.”

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of strategic planning, thoughtful oversight, and national leadership in the midst of a crisis. As entire sectors of the economy respond by moving their operations online, we must ensure that risks to our national cybersecurity do not precipitate yet another crisis.

The Commission report made clear that no matter what the strategic approach to protecting ourselves from a significant cyber attack the nation takes, some reform of U.S. Government structure for cyberspace was required. Within the Executive Branch the Commission examined the need for a delegated authority below the President to provide strategic guidance and ensure cohesion for executive branch efforts in cyberspace. The resourcing and authorities of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), the central coordinating agency that supports and integrates federal, state and local, and private-sector cybersecurity efforts, was also assessed, as were other federal departments and agencies. Within the Congress, the Commission reviewed the numerous committees and subcommittees claiming some responsibility for oversight of cyberspace to determine if a more effective solution could be recommended.

Panelists:

  • Mark Montgomery: Executive Director
  • John Costello: Senior Director and Task Force Two Team Lead
  • Cory Simpson: Senior Director and Directorate Four Team Lead