The seals of the U.S. Cyber Command, the National Secrity Agency and the Central Security Service greet employees and visitors at the campus the three organizations share March 13, 2015 in Fort Meade, Maryland.
Other board members will include the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), and a handful of other important organizations.
The proposal by Republican Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin and Democratic Senator Brian Schatz of Hawaii comes after a major cyberattack hit 200,000 computers across the world last week. The virus known as WannaCry locked files up on a user’s computer and demanded that they pay a bitcoin ransom in order to get them back.
But the hackers were able to exploit the flaw in Microsoft’s Windows operating system because the NSA had previously found a hole. The NSA’s exploit was leaked online by a group called the Shadow Brokers, which allowed the hacking group to find out about it.
Governments have received growing criticism about their surveillance methods. Microsoft’s Chief Legal Officer Brad Smith said governments should stop stockpiling exploits.
“This attack provides yet another example of why the stockpiling of vulnerabilities by governments is such a problem,” Smith said in a blog post on Sunday.
Under the bill proposed, the board would create an annual report with an unclassified public version released too.