March 18, 2020

The Cyberspace Solarium Commission’s Mandate to Fix Congressional Oversight

By Carrie Cordero and David Thaw

The report of the Cyberspace Solarium Commission is finally out—and it provides a fresh look at congressional oversight on cybersecurity.

Congress established the commission as part of the 2019 John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act. Co-chaired by Sen. Angus King and Rep. Mike Gallagher, the commission was charged with “develop[ing] a [bipartisan] consensus on a strategic approach to defending the United States in cyberspace against cyber attacks of significant consequences.” Its report, which was released March 11, makes more than 75 recommendations for both government and the private sector to improve the nation’s defenses against cyberattack and malign cyber activity. We write to highlight the aspect of the report focused on improving Congress’s role in overseeing the government’s activities to better protect the nation from cyberattack and malign cyber activity.

Read the full article in Lawfare.

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