Important Cybersecurity Measures Congress Approved in the NDAA

I haven’t seen much coverage of these measures that come out of the bipartisan Cyberspace Solarium Commission (which included executive branch members) Congress had created before the Solar Winds story broke. The NDAA includes 26 amendments the commission recommended on cybersecurity, with more new legislation hopefully to come, based on the excellent work of this commission. For a good piece on the structure of this commission, see here.

The President has threatened to veto the NDAA, which was enacted with veto-proof support.

This coverage comes from Government Matters:

The Solarium pitched 34 amendments to the NDAA this year, and 26 made it to the final draft. The Commission has a total of 52 amendments it plans to give to Congress. Rather than submitting ideas to Congress, the Solarium submitted fully-drafted bills with legislative language. King said this made it easier for legislators to get onboard.

“Instead of leaving [legislators] to do the work, we did it for them and said, ‘here’s the proposal, here’s the language, all you have to do is say yes,’” King said.

He said having members of the Solarium in Armed Services Committees in both the House and Senate also made it easier to pass the amendments. The process, though, King said was “a heck of a lot of work.”

“In order to get those recommendations into the bill, we had to get 180 clearances from both sides of all kinds of committees on Capitol Hill,” he said. “It was really a monumental undertaking.”

King credits his staff for the Solarium’s achievements in the NDAA, and says he plans to continue to push for Solarium amendments in the future.


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