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New Commission Established to Recommend on National Cyber Policy, Strategy

Jeff Brody

Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, and Rep. Mike Gallagher, R-Wis., will co-chair a commission intended to assess and address the cyber threats facing the country. The Cyberspace Solarium Commission consists of 14 members working to build cyber policy on recommendations, hearings, intelligence and homeland security discussions, King's office said Thursday. The group's establishment stems from the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act.

"Through the Cyberspace Solarium Commission, we’ll work to build a foundation that will not only defend our nation against ongoing cyber-attacks but also prevent attacks by adversaries who are considering launching assaults on our essential digital infrastructure," King said.

The commission will regularly administer meetings to assess cyber threats from state and non-state parties, and identify ways to cybersecure citizens and sectors that make the country.

The 12 other CSC members are:

  • Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb.
  • Chris Inglis, cybersecurity studies professor at U.S. Naval Academy
  • Chris Wray, FBI director
  • David Norquist, acting deputy secretary of defense
  • David Pekoske, acting deputy secretary of homeland security
  • Frank Cilluffo, director of Auburn University's McCrary Institute for Cyber and Critical Infrastructure Security
  • Rep. Jim Langevin, D-R.I.
  • Patrick Murphy, former undersecretary of the U.S. Army
  • Samantha Ravich, vice chair of the president’s intelligence advisory board
  • Susan Gordon, deputy director of national intelligence
  • Suzanne Spaulding, senior advisor for homeland security at the Center for Strategic and International Studies
  • Tom Fanning, chairman, president and CEO of the Southern Company

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