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Rep. Mike Gallagher: DoD Should Have Greater Visibility of Contractors’ Networks

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Rep. Mike Gallagher
Rep. Mike Gallagher

Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-Wis.) said the Department of Defense (DoD) should carry out threat hunting on defense contractors' private networks as part of efforts to build up national cybersecurity, C4ISRNET reported Thursday.

Gallagher, who serves as co-chair of the Cyberspace Solarium Commission, appeared Thursday before the House Armed Services' intelligence and emerging threats and capabilities subcommittee citing the need for DoD to have greater visibility of defense companies’ networks.

“I just would argue that we need to figure that piece out because we just can’t be in the process of reacting to cyber intrusions after the fact. We have to identify those threats at a quicker timeline at which our adversaries can break out on networks,” he said.

A report released by the Cyberspace Solarium Commission in March 2020 recommended that Congress direct the defense industrial base to take part in threat hunting initiatives and programs that promote sharing of threat intelligence data.