October 21, 2022 | Foreign Podicy

A Cyberspace Odyssey

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Americans must be prepared to defend themselves from hostile armies, navies, air forces – and, not least, soldiers in cyberspace.

With that in mind, in 2019, Congress created the Cyberspace Solarium Commission, the CSC. Its mission: “to develop a strategic approach to defending the United States in cyberspace against cyber-attacks of significant consequences.”

The CSC operated successfully for two and a half years, publishing its flagship report in March 2020. It issued more than 80 recommendations to reform U.S. government structures and organization, promote national resilience, operationalize public-private collaboration, and preserve and employ military instruments of national power. Many of those recommendations have been implemented — but not all.

At the CSC’s planned sunset, the commissioners launched “CSC 2.0” to support the implementation of outstanding recommendations, provide annual assessments of progress, and conduct further research and analysis on cybersecurity issues.

It’s a critical project because there are still many gaping holes in America’s cyberspace defense capabilities.

To better understand what is being done and what still must be done to defeat this evolving threat, host Cliff May is joined by RADM (Ret) Mark Montgomery — former executive director of the Cyberspace Solarium Commission, now senior director of FDD’s Center on Cyber and Technology Innovation, CCTI, which houses “CSC 2.0” — and Jiwon Maa program analyst at CCTI, where she focuses on this new project. 

They recently co-authored the project’s 2022 Annual Report on Implementation which examines the progress of efforts to harden our national security in cyberspace.

Mentioned in the episode

Assessing America’s Cyber Resiliency: A Conversation with the CSC 2.0 Co-Chairs

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Issues:

China Cyber Cyber-Enabled Economic Warfare Iran Iran Global Threat Network Military and Political Power Russia U.S. Defense Policy and Strategy Ukraine