Incoming president Joe Biden will likely have a new post to fill: national cybersecurity director.
The final draft of the National Defense Authorization Act, one of the few true must-pass annual bills, contains a provision calling for a Senate-confirmed position to orchestrate cyber strategy and coordinate incident response. The position would, in theory, serve an important role in cooperative efforts between government and industry.
Though the president has threatened to veto the NDAA without revoking liability protections for social media – a controversial policy position even before holding the military hostage to accomplish it – the NDAA agreed to by Congressional negotiators would almost definitely survive the president’s pen. It authorizes the funding the military in 2021.
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