• Robert J. Borer

ICYMI: Oversight & Homeland Security Committees Discuss Next Steps Following SolarWinds Breach

On February 26, 2021, the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Reform and the House Committee on Homeland Security held a joint hearing “examining recent cybersecurity incidents affecting government and private sector networks, including the supply chain attack targeting SolarWinds Orion Software and other cyberattacks.”

Members and witnesses discussed the urgent need to improve cybersecurity in both the private and public sector, including the need for increased information-sharing with the private sector, new reporting requirements on cyber threat indicators or instructions, and common-sense procurement rules that do not harm the U.S. Government.

Chairwoman Maloney announced that the Oversight Committee will examine procurement in light of the SolarWinds attack, noting: “We must demand better cybersecurity practices from our suppliers, as well as increased information-sharing with the private sector.”

Chairman Thompson made the point that: “Our collective failure to make cybersecurity a central component of our national security – and invest in it accordingly – contributed to the success of the campaign and the difficulty we face in understanding its impact.”

Read the Committee's Official Press Release.

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