The bill is based on a recent recommendation by the Cyber Solarium Commission, a bipartisan, bicameral panel of lawmakers and experts tasked with developing and articulating a comprehensive strategic approach to defending the United States in cyberspace.
Last month, the Commission presented its findings to the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. Peters’ bill would build upon the Commission’s recommendation to incorporate continuity operations not only in the event of a cyber-attack, but other significant events that would impact the economy, such as the COVID-19 pandemic.
Peters also introduced the National Guard Cyber Interoperability Act of 2020, which would allow the Secretaries of the Army and Air Force, jointly with the Secretary of Homeland Security (DHS), to develop pilot programs for the National Guard to provide remote cybersecurity support and technical assistance to states responding to cyber incidents. State and local governments increasingly find themselves targeted by high-profile cyber-attacks, costing taxpayers millions of dollars and threatening the data privacy of millions of Americans.