Monday, May 10, 2021

Committee Hearings – Week of 5-9-21

This week with both the House and Senate back in Washington, there is a full slate of congressional hearings scheduled. There is one markup hearing that may be of interest, and there are two cybersecurity hearings planned, neither deal with ransomware or the Colonial Pipeline hack. These things take some time to set up, so that is not unexpected. There is an outside chance of a hearing on those topics being added later this week.

Markup Hearing

The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee will be holding a business meeting on Wednesday. There is no agenda available at this time, but I will be keeping an eye on this time slot.

Cybersecurity Hearings

Tomorrow the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee will be holding a hearing on “Prevention, Response, and Recovery: Improving Federal Cybersecurity Post-SolarWinds”. The witness list includes:

• Brandon Wales, CISA,

• Ryan A. Higgins, DOC,

• Janet Vogel, HHS

On Friday the Subcommittee on Cyber, Innovative Technologies, and Information Systems of the House Armed Services Committee will be holding a hearing on “Operations in Cyberspace and Building Cyber Capabilities Across the Department of Defense”. The short witness list includes:

• Mieke Eoyang, DOD, and

• General Paul Nakasone, Cyber Command

For both hearings there may be questions about ransomware, Colonial Pipeline, and support for critical infrastructure, but at this point it would be political point making questions. I would not expect any responses of substance, it is too early in the game.

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