DHS Announces Creation of New Cybersecurity Review Board

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Department of Homeland Security announced Thursday the creation of a new cybersecurity review panel that will ask experts from the public and private sectors to review significant hacking incidents and recommend improvements. .

The new board is modeled after the National Transportation Safety Board, which reviews plane crashes and other major accidents, and was mandated by an Executive Order Joe Biden signed last May. Some supporters of the new council criticized DHS for taking so long to get it up and running.

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said the board will have 15 members and will be made up of a mix of public and private officials.

Robert Silvers, a senior DHS policy official, will serve as chair of the new council. And Heather Adkins, senior director at Google, will be the vice president. New board members include officials from the FBI, NSA and Department of Defense, as well as Verizon and Microsoft.

The council’s first review will focus on the log4j vulnerability, a flaw first made public in December that allows Internet-based attackers to easily take over everything from industrial control systems to web servers and large electronics. public.

Biden’s executive order ordered the board to conduct its first review of the massive Russian cyber-espionage campaign known as SolarWinds, but DHS said so and the White House now agrees that the review of the incident log4j is the best use of the new board’s expertise.

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