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Panel Outlines Massive Federal Cybersecurity Overhaul

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Senator Angus King (I-Maine) said, "The big picture is really important. We have to reorganize to cope with this problem or it's only going to get worse."

The Congressional Cyberspace Solarium Commission released its report on the state of cybersecurity in the U.S.

Credit: Carolyn Kaster/AP

After approximately a year of work, the Congressional Cyberspace Solarium Commission issued its report on the state of cybersecurity in the U.S., which included sweeping recommendations for shoring up cyberdefense and tightening cybersecurity policy responsibility in the government.

The report offered 75 recommendations in total, based on information gleaned in 30 meetings and 300 interviews.

Among other actions, the commission recommended the creation of a Senate-confirmed National Cyber Director, a Bureau of Cyber Statistics, House and Senate cybersecurity committees, and a special fund to respond to and recover from cyberattacks.

The Commission also addressed election security, saying, "The American people still do not have the assurance that our election systems are secure from foreign manipulation. If we don't get election security right, deterrence will fail and future generations will ... wonder how we screwed the whole thing up."

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