Presidential candidate John Delaney wants to create a Department of Cybersecurity

On Tuesday, former Maryland representative and presidential candidate in 2020, John Delaney, announced a plan to create an independent agency that addresses the threats of national cybersecurity.

The proposed Cybersecurity Department would be led by a cabinet-level secretary who would be in charge of implementing the United States cybersecurity strategy. The proposal is the first major boost to cybersecurity of any presidential candidate so far this cycle.

In a press release, Delaney argued that the US cyber authorities UU They are too scattered among too many agencies. This new agency would work to rationalize the country's current focus. "Securing our cyber infrastructure is not only a national security priority, but also an economic priority," said Delaney. "In light of the numerous and continuing cyber attacks in our country, we need to establish a cabinet-level agency that focuses on protecting our cyberspace."

Currently, the responsibility of cybersecurity is dispersed in several agencies, with National Security. the management of threats to civil agencies, the US Cyber ​​Command. UU It deals with military cyber attacks, the FBI that prosecutes federal and international cybercrimes and a number of ISACs that coordinate private sector actors along with government agencies. In the past, the White House appointed a cybersecurity coordinator, or "tsar," to work in those agencies, but President Trump eliminated the position in May 2018, leaving no person or agency in charge to direct the cyber security efforts of the country. 19659005] The idea of ​​a new federal cybersecurity agency has divided national security experts for years, especially after the 2016 elections. Former CIA director David Petraeus approved a similar proposal to establish a National Security Agency. Independent Cyber ​​Security in an opinion piece for Politico last year. DHS's former undersecretary of infrastructure and cyber protection, Suzanne Spaulding, opposed the idea, saying that the creation of a new agency would only hinder the "holistic" approach in which DHS, the FBI and other agencies already find themselves. .

Other important presidential candidates, including Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Kamala Harris (D-CA) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), have also discussed cybersecurity throughout the campaign, but mainly as a reaction to guarantee the security of the elections in the consequences. of the 2016 election cycle.

Harris and Klobuchar have previously cosponsored bills such as the Safe Elections Act that would give DHS the primary responsibility for addressing cybersecurity threats raised during elections. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) worked with Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) to push legislation to investigate interference in Russian elections. Warren introduced a bill that would establish tougher penalties for civil cyber threats after the Equifax violation along with other measures related to data privacy. However, all these efforts would address the cybersecurity threats of the civil, military and private sectors separately, unlike the unified approach proposed by Delaney.

"These threats undermine our security, damage the economy and can threaten democracy itself." The Delaney campaign Said in a press release.

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