September 18, 2023
WASHINGTON, D.C.— U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) and Representative Mike Gallagher (R-Wisc.), Co-Chairs of the Cyberspace Solarium Commission (CSC), today released the following statement prior to their Capitol Hill event discussing the successes of CSC efforts since its implementation in April 2019 and what the commission hopes to accomplish in the near future. Since its launch, the commission has seen about 70 percent of its recommendations fully or partially implemented.
Joining King and Gallagher on the panel will be Chris Inglis, the former National Cyber Director, and Rear Admiral (Ret.) Mark Montgomery, the Executive Director of the CSC. Maggie Miller, a cybersecurity reporter at Politico, will moderate the conversation. The panel comes on the heels of the recently released National Cybersecurity Strategy which lays out the Biden Administration’s policy goals for the nation’s roles, responsibilities, and resources in cyberspace in addition to the nomination of Harry Coker to fill the vacant National Cyber Director role.
“Over the course of several years, the Cyberspace Solarium Commission has proven that its report is not just sitting on a shelf collecting dust. We are proactively meeting the urgent needs of American cybersecurity policy to protect national critical infrastructure, enhance public-private and international collaboration, invest in federal network security, improve the cyber ecosystem, and impose costs on threatening actors,” Senator King and Congressman Gallagher said. “In Congress, we recognize that keeping the momentum going to meet these goals will not be without challenges or difficult conversations, but we intend to continue providing resources to support our country’s cybersecurity needs. With strong, forward-leaning partnerships across the public and private sectors, we can achieve national cyber resiliency and prepare our country for success in cyberspace.”
As Co-Chairs of the Cyberspace Solarium Commission (CSC), Senator King and Representative Gallagher are recognized as two of Congress’ leading experts on cyberdefense and are strong advocates for a forward-thinking cyberstrategy that emphasizes layered cyberdeterrence. Since it officially launched in April 2019, dozens of CSC recommendations have been enacted into law, including the creation of a National Cyber Director.