US President Biden should be announcing a new US government cybersecurity team and promise to get $10bn in funding to defend US computer networks.
It was reported that Jen Easterly, former NSA, and National Security Council official, is expected to be named National Cyber Director. This role entails the oversee of federal government’s cybersecurity activities. Easterly was originally part of the team that set up US Cyber Command at the Department of Defense, and is currently Head of Firm Resilience at Morgan Stanley.
The position of National Cyber Director (NCD) will be a completely new post, created with the military budget bill. The NCD will serve as the principal advisor to the President on cybersecurity policy and strategy and will be in charge of everything related to cyber. It will also be responsible for preparing the response by the federal government to cyberattacks and cyber campaigns of major consequence across Federal departments and agencies.
Moreover, it was also reported that Rob Silvers, former assistant secretary for cyber policy at Homeland Security, is expected to take over as director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). Silvers will then be in charge of advising the public and private sector on computer security.
Silvers will replace Chris Krebs, who was fired by President Trump in November.
Finally, Eric Goldstein, former Homeland Security official, is expected to be the new executive assistant director of CISA’s Cyber Division. Goldstein was recently the head of engagement at Homeland Security’s Office of Cybersecurity and Communications.
Biden stated that Biden that the United States needed to innovate and reimagine its defenses against growing threats in new realms such as cyberspace. The president promised a $10bn finding for his COVID-19 pandemic relief plan to improve the US government’s cybersecurity efforts.