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SolarWinds Hack: Experts Stress On National Cyber Director Role


The recent SolarWinds hack made all federal civilian agencies review their networks for indicators of compromise, putting the spotlight on the role of a national cyber director (NCD) within the incoming Biden administration.

As reported by FedScoop, President-elect Joe Biden is likely to appoint the first-ever NCD after taking office Jan. 20.

The national cyber director would advise the president on cyber strategy, defensive cyber operations, and coordinate the federal government’s related work on cyber issues and crises management.

Moreover, the national cyber director would help prepare for future emergencies like the one at SolarWinds.

The recommendation for the new White House czar position came from the Cyberspace Solarium Commission.

The group recommended that the national cyber director would be housed within the Executive Office of the President and have budget and policy authority to coordinate cyber policy across the federal government, Fifth Domain earlier said in a report.

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