60-Day Cyberspace Policy Review Recap: 10 Insiders

It has been a few weeks since the 60-day White House Cyberspace Policy Review came out, now hear what think-tank leaders, policymakers and experts are saying. A Recap of the 60-day Review.

Leslie Harris, President and CEO of the Center for Democracy and Technology

Leslie Harris

1.  Leslie Harris, president and CEO of the Center for Democracy and Technology: “welcomes the administration’s efforts to turn a campaign promise into action.” “Whether the cybersecurity program is a success in the long run is going to depend in part on whether cybersecurity officials make transparency a priority, we would like to see a pledge from the White House cyber security official that the open process that lead to the report will continue through policymaking and implementation.”

James Lewis, Director at CSIS

James Lewis

2. James Lewis, director and Senior Fellow of the Technology and Public Policy Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS): “I practically wept with joy when the president said that cybersecurity would be a strategic national asset.”

Bruce Schneier

Bruce Schneier

3.  Bruce Schneier, founder and chief technology officer of BT Counterpane and author of Beyond Fear: Thinking Sensibly About Security in an Uncertain World: “The problem we’ve had with previous cybersecurity czars is that they had no budgetary authority, so all they could do was cheerlead and cajole. Companies will jump on board to the extent that it benefits their bottom line. If you tell the chemical industry that they must secure your networks to a certain level, they’re not going to jump on board. If you tell them, ‘Here are your tax breaks,’ then they’ll say, ‘Great, I’m on board.”

Maj. Gen. Harry Raduege,Chairman of Deloitte Center for Network Innovation

Maj. Gen. Harry Raduege

4.  Maj. Gen, Harry Raduege, chairman of Deloitte Center for Network Innovation and former director of the Defense Information Systems Agency: “The president recognizes the fact that cybersecurity has become a critical element, not just for national security, but also for economic opportunities for our nation. The fact that he’s going to personally select a person who is going to have direct access to him, and be a member of the National Security Council and the National Economic Council, is very important.”

Greg Garica, founder of Garcia Strategies LLC

Greg Garcia

5. Greg Garcia, The nation’s first assistant secretary (under former President Bush) for cybersecurity and communications in the Department of Homeland Security and founder of Garcia Strategies LLC: “A czar will only be effective if they clearly define agency roles and responsibilities and hold them accountable without micromanaging the effort and slowing down the operational execution for which the agencies have responsibility. We’ve already lost time with a 60-day review that turned into 110 days.”

6. Rod Beckstrom, former director of the Homeland Security Department’s National

Rod Beckstrom

Rod Beckstrom

Cybersecurity Center and co-author of The Starfish and the Spider“It’s a tough thing to police, and if we want to make sure that’s the case, we have to make some serious investments in independent auditors inside the government. Let’s hope that President Obama appoints someone willing to fight the pressures of the bureaucracy to get these and other key steps under way soon”

Senator Collins

Senator Collins

7. Senator Susan Collins: (R-ME), Ranking Republican on the Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee: “I don’t think the appointment of yet another czar in the White House is the answer to this pressing and complex issue,” the new position would “hinder Congress’ ability to effectively oversee federal cybersecurity activities and will do little to resolve the bureaucratic conflicts, turf battles, and confusing lines of authority that have undermined past cybersecurity efforts.”

Representative Langevin (D-RI)

Representative Langevin

8. Rep. Jim Langevin, (D-RI) co-chair of the House Cybersecurity Caucus: “Cybersecurity is a real threat to the country. More needs to be done and President Obama is building on what was started in the previous administration.”

Jeff Moss

Jeff Moss

9. Jeff Moss, recently appointed to the Cybersecurity Advisor Team at the Department of Homeland Security and founder of hacker groups DefCon and Black Hat: “That any movement in the direction of recognizing the critical amount of dependence we have on our digital infrastructure is welcome. Over time, I hope this office will be flexible and motivational, much like a senate whip, cajoling all the other departments that own and operate important networks.”

Professor Marjory Blumenthal

Professor Marjory Blumenthal

10. Marjory S. Blumenthal, associate provost at Georgetown University and former executive director of the National Academies Computer Science and Telecommunications board: “Addressing cybersecurity early is a smart move for President Obama. The economy, people’s personal lives, and government functions are dependent on making sure that we can protect cyberspace from sabotage.”

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