Recently the TAG Board of Directors along with the Board of Directors of the NTSC (National Technology Security Coalition), founded by TAG in 2016, were briefed by US Senator Angus King on the recent Solarium Commission Report – https://www.solarium.gov.
In brief, The Cyberspace Solarium Commission (CSC) was established to “develop a consensus on a strategic approach to defending the United States in cyberspace against cyber-attacks of significant consequences.” The finished report was presented to the public on March 11, 2020.
Georgia is one of our nation’s most important hubs for critical infrastructure and this report is very important to our ability to stay at the forefront of technology and innovation. Critical infrastructure includes areas where Georgia leads including network and fiberoptic systems, the most important financial transactions system in North America, supply chain and logistics – both seaport and airport, energy, transportation hub, cybersecurity and defense, global health amongst other things. Georgia is a critical part of our nation’s ability to conduct commerce and ensure the health, safety, and security of our country.
One of the recommendations of the report is to create a National Cyber Director to be appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate. The role of the Director is to coordinate and rationalize policies across the many federal agencies that have a role in protecting our nation from cyber invasions and maintaining the integrity of our systems at home. These agencies include, but are not limited to, NSA, CIA, FBI and DHS. We support this initiative and it fits in well to another recent initiative by the NTSC to create a private sector advisory board of CISOs that will advise the Cyber and Infrastructure Security Agency at DHS.
We are committed to supporting this critical legislation and recommendations and will keep our members updated on its progress.
Have a great weekend,
Larry K. Williams
President & CEO