Despite these events, the US government is simply not doing enough to combat the growing threat of cybercrime. A recent report According to my coauthors, out of 1,000 cyber-incidents, only three see a repressive intervention. Malicious cyber-actors outside the United States act with impunity and, understandably, fear no harm to the Americans.
Although the White House has signed all the cybersecurity bills sent to its office, it has also demonstrated the overall strategy needed to tackle this pressing problem. In fact, the Trump administration is actively canceling the progressive cyber security policy of previous administrations. The role of the Cyber Coordinator of the White House was eliminated by John Bolton to consolidate power in the National Security Council. Former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson removed The office of the coordinator for cyber-problems, which had constituted an important diplomatic arm for the American efforts in cyber diplomacy. The 2018 budget of the White House set to zero funding for the country's largest digital evidence training center.
All this leads me to conclude that for the president and his administration, cybersecurity is simply not a priority. As a result, Congress has been left to adopt a comprehensive strategy to identify, stop and punish malicious cyber-actors. The Congress has too often given up this role by lobbying for a bill. Some have he's complaining That depletion of resources prevented them from doing their job properly. But even without the leadership of the White House, Congress can do much more.
The good news: Congress is introducing more and more cybersecurity bills. My colleague and I on the third way counted 226 laws This has focused primarily or indirectly on cybersecurity from 2017 to 2018; A few years ago, the 114th Congress only introduced 22 bills on the issue. However, less than 14% of these 226 bills – and only two of the 10 bills have had legal consequences for malicious actors – or have stepped up efforts to combat cybercrime.
The committee of House Homeland Security has expressed frustration That the Senate has never succeeded in advancing the bills passed by the House. Nevertheless, the fact remains that Congress must overcome systemic dysfunction and adopt more productive bills on this crucial issue.
The Cyber Solarium Commission, which was promulgated last year, provides an opportunity to study relevant issues and develop concrete policy solutions. Its 14 members were announced in May. The Commission will have full power of summons. all government agencies are required to cooperate with it. In addition, no information can be removed for reasons of security classification, echoing the parameters of the Commission of 11 September.
Even though the current government still faces unresolved questions about Russia and electoral interference, the commission's investigations and the advancement of a decisive electronic vision could provide a baseline on which to base itself. Will support the next government.
Although the Cyber Solarium Commission may not be a one-off solution, it has the power to create a comprehensive set of policies to identify, stop and punish malicious cyber-actors. Congress should put all its strength behind the commission to achieve these goals.
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