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The White House’s infrastructure deal includes $47 billion for cyber resiliency, which would be the biggest investment in resilience ever. This comes along with the confirmation of Chris Inglis as national cyber director and the hold on the confirmation of Jen Easterly as director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency.

  • Suzanne Spaulding, former under secretary at the National Protection and Programs Directorate at the Department of Homeland Security and now senior advisor of homeland security at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, said it is urgent to confirm Jen Easterly to address pending decisions at the agency. She said both Easterly and Inglis are excellent choices.
  • Essye Miller, former principal deputy chief information officer at the Defense Department and now chief executive officer of Executive Business Management, said Inglis will be in a great position to coordinate touchpoints across agencies and communicate with industry partners about ways they can help.
  • Miller said she will pay attention to where the money goes for infrastructure; Spaulding said it is critical to maintain high levels of resources for physical and cyber resilience.
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