Cyberbiosecurity Threats Headlined US Bipartisan Commission on Biodefense Meeting
Dotmatics BioBright discuss role of digital biosecurity in defending the global bioeconomy
Charles Fracchia VP of Data at Dotmatics participated in ‘Biologia et Machina: Cyberbiosecurity for Today’s Hybrid Evolution‘, a virtual meeting premiered by the Bipartisan Commission on Biodefense building on the Commission’s earlier work to explore opportunities and solutions to address today’s cyberbiosecurity threats, and the role of the federal government in securing the future.
Jason G. Matheny, PhD, Deputy Assistant to the President for Technology and National Security; Deputy Director for National Security, Office of Science and Technology Policy; Coordinator for Technology and National Security, National Security Council mentioned BioBright in his Executive Perspective during Panel One.Jason Matheny mentions BioBright policy recommendations
Along with Suzanne Schwartz, MD, MBA Director, Office of Strategic Partnerships and Technology Innovation, Food and Drug Administration and Bryan S. Ware, Former Assistant Director for Cybersecurity, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency; and former Assistant Secretary for Cyber, Infrastructure, and Resilience Policy, Charles Fracchia contributed to the fourth panel of the day ‘Role of Government in Securing the Future’.
Charles encouraged the Commission to
- Help relevant US Government agencies develop a core competency in digital biosecurity
- Promote workforce development in this sector
- Create and leverage public private partnerships to seed the development of defensive solutions
Former Senator and Commission Co-Chair, Joe Lieberman, thanked Charles,
Former Governor and Commission Co-Chair, Tom Ridge, was emphatic
About the Bipartisan Commission on Biodefense
The Bipartisan Commission on Biodefense was established in 2014 to conduct a comprehensive assessment of the state of U.S. biodefense efforts, and to issue recommendations to foster change. The Panel’s 2015 report, A National Blueprint for Biodefense: Leadership and Major Reform Needed to Optimize Efforts, identified capability gaps and recommended changes to U.S. policy and law to strengthen national biodefense while optimizing resource investments. Subsequent Commission publications have addressed critical needs for agrodefense, biodefense budgeting, and State, Local, Tribal and Territorial capabilities. In September 2018, the White House released the National Biodefense Strategy, a top recommendation from the Blueprint. The Commission continues to address biodefense challenges and to urge reform. Former Senator Joe Lieberman and former Governor Tom Ridge co-chair the Commission, and are joined by former HHS Secretary Donna Shalala, former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, former Representative Jim Greenwood, and former Homeland Security Advisor Ken Wainstein. Hudson Institute is the Commission’s fiscal sponsor.
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