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Expedited nomination of new national cyber director pushed

The Biden administration has been urged by Cyberspace Solarium Commission co-chairs Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, and Rep. Mike Gallagher, R-Wis., to immediately nominate Acting National Cyber Director Kemba Walden to the national cyber director post following the resignation of Chris Inglis in an effort to prevent delays in national cybersecurity strategy adoption, reports The Hill. "While we applaud the White Houses efforts under Director Inglis to stand up the office and his strong leadership in drafting the National Cybersecurity Strategy, we are extremely concerned that the three-month delay (and counting) in nominating a candidate to replace Chris will hinder the implementation of the strategy and lead to a lessening of the stature of the office," said the lawmakers in a letter, which also noted that Walden would be promptly confirmed should she be nominated due to her qualifications and suitability for the position. Such a letter follows a report by the Wall Street Journal noting the expected resignation of National Security Agency and U.S. Cyber Command Head Gen. Paul Nakasone by August or September.

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