The role of a new National Cyber Director in relation to other senior cybersecurity officials is coming into sharper focus as the Biden administration unfurls multiple cyber initiatives and senators move closer to confirming Chris Inglis to serve as the first NCD and Jen Easterly as CISA Director.
Reaching a consensus on NIST’s work to define “critical software” and other requirements in a recent executive order will be a challenging task, requiring input from a wide range of stakeholders including the Food and Drug Administration, four National Labs, the energy sector and trade associations.
The House Homeland Security Committee hears from CISA and Transportation Security Agency officials this week on the federal response to the Colonial Pipeline attack, while budget hearings continue with leaders from DHS and DOE scheduled to testify, and the FCC votes on the next stage of its Huawei reimbursement program.
President Biden in a wrap-up news conference at the G-7 leaders meeting in Great Britain said Russian President Putin’s comments about a possible treaty on extraditing cyber criminals was a positive development, while reiterating that he will press hard during his upcoming summit with Putin on Moscow’s compliance with international norms in cyberspace.
Senate Homeland Security Chairman Gary Peters (D-MI) and ranking member Rob Portman (R-OH) are asking the White House for input on anti-ransomware legislation, with the goal of introducing and marking up a bill before Congress’ August recess that will “encourage critical infrastructure companies to assess their own risk and mitigate this threat.”
The Biden administration’s budget plans for CISA and federal cyber programs are a good start, according to the Cyberspace Solarium Commission’s Mark Montgomery, but the actual proposed growth in funding fails to match the increased responsibilities placed on the cyber agency through recent legislation or the growing cybersecurity needs across government.