The realm of national security has shifted to cyberspace as it becomes the new dominant domain .

The Biden administration has recently released its National Cybersecurity Strategy to address the increasing threat of cyber attacks on various sectors, including hospitals, schools, universities, shops, military bases, police departments, fire stations, oil refineries, solar farms, and e-commerce websites. There are three reasons why lawmakers have been introducing bills on cybersecurity at the state and federal level. 

Firstly, cybersecurity threats are indiscriminate, affecting everyone from small businesses to large corporations. Secondly, assuring robust cyber defense is a bipartisan issue as the financial and economic interconnections within the country are deeply interwoven. Thirdly, the widening skills gap needs to be addressed with codification and legislative urgency. The Biden administration has taken steps to promote its digital agenda through various initiatives, including the National Cybersecurity Strategy, Executive Order 14028, “Improving the Nation’s Cybersecurity,” and National Security Memorandum no.5, which pertains to critical infrastructure. However, the strategy’s success lies in promoting public-private partnerships and directing attention towards the National Council of ISACs. The Biden administration must be careful not to clutter the strategy’s public-private onus with too much of the former, as the experts lie in the latter.

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