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U.S. Cyberspace Solarium Commission References NTSC in Report to Congress

Thursday, March 12, 2020

ATLANTA, GA (March 12, 2020) – Yesterday in a report to Congress, the U.S. Cyberspace Solarium Commission (CSC) referenced the National Technology Security Coalition (NTSC) as part of its comprehensive national strategy for improving the U.S. cybersecurity posture.

Established in the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019, the CSC is a bicameral, bipartisan, intergovernmental body tasked to “develop consensus on a strategic approach to defending the United States in cyberspace against cyber attacks of significant consequences.” The CSC concluded its work and submitted a final report to the U.S. Congress on March 11, 2020.

The final report consists of over 80 recommendations which are organized into six pillars. Within the first pillar, the CSC urges Congress to strengthen the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) in a manner to safeguard its mission of ensuring the security and resilience of critical infrastructure. Key Recommendation 1.4 includes establishing a “Cybersecurity Advisory Committee to advise, consult, and make recommendations to CISA on policies, programs, and rulemakings, among other items, to account for non-federal interests.”

“The NTSC is pleased to learn the CSC included as a key recommendation to Congress initiatives that will strengthen CISA,” said Patrick Gaul, Executive Director of the NTSC. “We are honored to be referenced in the Commission’s report for the work we have been doing alongside Representative John Katko (NY-24). In March 2019, Representative Katko demonstrated forward-thinking leadership and introduced H.R. 1975, Cybersecurity Advisory Committee Authorization Act—and we are pleased to see this legislative proposal reflected in the Commission’s report. We at the NTSC are proud of our role in supporting Representative Katko and his work to better protect the U.S. from cyberattacks.”

"The NTSC, under the leadership of Patrick Gaul, continues to be a strong partner committed to supporting cyber initiatives that drive the national dialogue on key issues ranging from privacy and security to enhancing the public-private partnership," said Representative John Katko (NY-24).

The NTSC will continue our advocacy promoting H.R. 1975. We urge Congress to pass this legislation and the President to sign the legislation into law. Currently, H.R. 1975 has over 70 cosponsors.

Link to the U.S. Cyberspace Solarium Commission official report to the U.S. Congress HERE.

The National Technology Security Coalition is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that serves as the preeminent advocacy voice for the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) across the nation. Through dialogue, education, and government relations, we unite both public and private sector stakeholders around policies that improve national cybersecurity standards and awareness.

Contact: Patrick Gaul, Executive Director
Phone: (404) 457-4329