Sens. Mark Warner, Marco Rubio Want ‘Clear Leader’ to Manage Response to SolarWinds Cyber Breach

Sens. Mark Warner, Marco Rubio Want ‘Clear Leader’ to Manage Response to SolarWinds Cyber Breach
NSA-CISA-FBI-UK NCSC Cybersecurity Advisory

Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, and Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., the committee’s vice chairman, have called on leaders of intelligence agencies and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) to designate an official to oversee the country’s response to the SolarWinds cyber incident.

Warner, a three-time Wash100 Award winner, and Rubio said in a Tuesday letter that the briefings the committee has received reflect a “disjointed and disorganized response” to the breach.

"The threat our country still faces from this incident needs clear leadership to develop and guide a unified strategy for recovery, in particular a leader who has the authority to coordinate the response, set priorities, and direct resources to where they are needed," the senators wrote.

The letter was addressed to National Intelligence Director Avril Haines, FBI Director Christopher Wray, Gen. Paul Nakasone, director of the National Security Agency (NSA), and Brandon Wales, acting director of CISA.

Haines and Gen. Nakasone are also 2021 Wash100 Award winners. Visit to cast your votes for your favorite executives in the federal sector and learn more about the history of the award and read about the latest class of winners from 2021. 

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