Two major developments in the area of cyber security policy occurred yesterday at a hearing of the House Homeland Cybersecurity Subcommittee. First, members of the Commission on Cyber Security for the 44th Presidency testified before the Subcommittee and explained that the U.S. lacks a coherent national strategy for addressing the daunting challenges of securing cyberspace. In recognizing cyberspace security as a top national priority (including in both presidential campaigns), the Commission provided its first detailed explanation of its findings and preliminary recommendations. Some of these include developing a national strategy for using all instruments of U.S. power to secure cyberspace, creating a new governance model that places leadership for cyber security in the White House, advocating measures for securing cyberspace in all diplomatic initiatives, developing an expanded doctrine for military operations in cyberspace (including deterrence through offensive capabilities), requiring more robust authentication of identity, and implementing additional regulations that appropriately embed cyber security requirements while avoiding prescriptive regulation. The Commission expects to complete its work by November. Sonnenschein partners Marc Zwillinger and Randy V. Sabett serve as Commissioners. More information is available at The second development was the announcement by Subcommittee Chairman Langevin of the formation by him and Rep. McCaul of a House Cybersecurity Caucus that will kick off in January of 2009. The Caucus will raise awareness and allow lawmakers from a number of other committees to discuss cyber security issues.