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The forthcoming White House cyber strategy may outline a more forceful use of government power. A move to protect the most important U.S. critical infrastructure advances. And a Pentagon leader wants to rethink how the military deploys commercial tech. This is CyberScoop for July 15.

Biden cyber strategy looks to flex some muscle

Sources familiar with discussions about a forthcoming Biden administration national cybersecurity strategy say it is likely to advocate for the more forceful use of federal government power to protect the nation's digital infrastructure. The document has only begun working its way through drafting and reviews, but it's also expected to address topics such as the cyber workforce, threat information sharing and defending federal agency IT. The Office of the National Cyber Director is taking the lead on writing the plan and it's expected to wrap up in September. Tim Starks writes.

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Amendment to boost cyber defenses for critical infrastructure passes House

Legislation requiring operators of “systemically important” critical infrastructure won adoption in the House of Representatives Thursday after Rep. Jim Langevin, a Rhode Island Democrat, prevailed in his fight to add it to the National Defense Authorization Act. The amendment enables the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency to label infrastructure needed for “national critical functions” and mandate designated entities to disclose information about their cyber defenses. Designated organizations will be required to report risk management practices for critical assets and supply chain; share threat intelligence; and allow federal agencies access to their risk practices and respond to performance-based security goals. Suzanne Smalley has more.

Exiting DIU director urges Pentagon to refresh how it adopts commercial tech for future wars

In the months leading up to his exit as director of the Pentagon’s Defense Innovation Unit (DIU), Mike Brown and his team are helping get commercial technology into the hands of Ukrainians on the frontlines, who are skillfully deploying drones, artificial intelligence and other off-the-shelf solutions from American companies to combat Russian invaders. This conflict is spotlighting in real-time how rapidly deployable commercial capabilities will be essential to winning wars going forward, according to Brown, and the U.S. needs to shake-up some of its technology adoption processes to effectively prepare. Brandi Vincent has more in FedScoop.

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