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Commission to Issue Cyber Policy Recommendations; Rep. Mike Gallagher Quoted

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Mike Gallagher
Mike Gallagher

The Cyberspace Solarium Commission is set to release on March 11 a report outlining 75 policy recommendations to transform how the federal government responds to cyber issues, Fifth Domain reported Thursday.

Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-Wis.), co-chair of the commission, said the panel wants to provide the U.S. president the power to declare a “cyber state of distress” to provide agencies access to a “cyber response and recovery fund.”

“This new mechanism … would allow states, local, tribal and territorial governments access to enhanced federal expertise and resources that they currently don’t have right now,” Gallagher said Thursday at a Foundation for the Defense of Democracies event.

The commission’s report is expected to suggest ways to improve the federal government’s collaboration with the private sector, address the industry’s role in cyber deterrence and tackle cyber jurisdictions and creation of a cyber emergency fund.