The U.S. Is Making Headway on Securing Cyber Infrastructure, Commission Says

The U.S. has made progress toward a stronger cybersecurity infrastructure after executing 70% the Cyberspace Solarium Commission’s recommendations.

According to Cybersecurity Dive, the CSC 2.0 report examines the progress made toward implementing the recommendations of the CSC, a congressionally mandated body that was designed to review the ability of the U.S. to deter malicious cyber threats and build a more resilient infrastructure. The CSC issued its first report in March 2020, establishing 82 initial recommendations. The commission later added 34 additional recommendations. 

“This year, we’re reaping the benefits from the investments in cybersecurity initiatives made in the previous years with a historic amount of funding invested in cybersecurity through the FY23 omnibus spending bill,” said Mark Montgomery, co-author of the report and senior director of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies Center on Cyber and Technology Innovation.

Of the CSC’s 116 recommendations, 70% are either fully implemented or near implementation, while another 20% are on track for implementation, according to Jiwon Ma, co-author of the report and program analyst at the FDD Center on Cyber and Technology Innovation.

Among the key achievements, officials praised the State Department’s effort to stand up the Bureau of Cyberspace and Digital Policy and confirm Ambassador Nathaniel Fick. The bureau is designed to help the U.S. combat ransomware and other malicious activity through international diplomacy.

The Securities and Exchange Commission’s adoption of the cyber incident reporting rule was also praised as a significant achievement to drive greater transparency and accountability towards improving corporate governance. 

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