A government report released Wednesday drafts a cyberwar doomsday plan and recommended Washington make sweeping changes to deal with other cybersecurity challenges facing the nation.
The report, authored by a U.S. government-backed bipartisan organization, named Cyberspace Solarium Commission (CSC), advises that Congress approve a series of bills to open new or reorganize existing government offices to improve the country’s cyber defenses.
It offers other tasks that the authors say could bring foreign aides and private sector associates nearer the U.S. government on cybersecurity efforts.
Among the group’s recommendations are a set of recommendations that could set in motion the creation of a new “National Cyber Director” at the White House, a strengthened army cyber reserve force, and a singular State Division bureau for cyber issues.
Since 2015, large-scale cyberattacks, such as the so-called WannaCry ransomware outbreak, have affected hospitals, government offices and other infrastructure providers. These types of events pushed the commission to draft contingency plans to prepare for a large-scale cyber dispute with Russia, China or others.
The plan says the government should prioritize keeping the economy online, ensuring the circulation of goods and services nationally, based on a draft report.
The commission was launched last year via funding provided by 2019’s annual defense budget.
Maine Senator Angus King and Wisconsin Representative Mike Gallagher headed the group, which included representation from the executive department, Congress, the intelligence community, law enforcement and the private sector.