The creation of a White House cyber czar to help coordinate federal cybersecurity is likely to make a major difference in responding to the recently discovered Russian hack of IT group SolarWinds.

The new national cyber director position was established by the annual National Defense Authorization Act, a massive piece of legislation that also granted numerous other cybersecurity powers to the federal government, all of which could be helpful as almost a dozen key agencies impacted by the hack scramble to respond.

“Once this individual is appointed and confirmed, this would be the individual who is coordinating the response,” Rep. Jim Langevin (D-R.I.), one of the key members of Congress who pushed for the national cyber director position to be established.