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Senate Bill Seeks Cyber Skills Database for National Guard, Reserve Units

A bipartisan group of senators has introduced a bill that would require the Defense Department to develop a cyber skills database for all National Guard and Reserve units, Federal News Radio reported Tuesday.

Jared Serbu writes the legislation would direct DoD to create the database within a year or use an existing data system that would be updated at least once every two years.

“The Pentagon does not have adequate understanding of all Guard unit cyber skills, which could inhibit our response to a major cyberattack,” said Sen. Chris Coons (D-Delaware).

Coons sponsored the bill with Sens. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), Deb Fischer (R-Nebraska) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-New York) in response to a 2016 Government Accountability Office audit that found DoD lacks a database to identify cyber-related emergency response efforts at the National Guard as required by law.

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