Former DIA CTO Bob Gourley posted an entry on CTO Perspective to discuss the recent movement on the cybersecurity bill.
Gourley provided a thorough breakdown of the points and issues raised by the bill, as well as his own frank analysis.
One major point Gourley broke down was the need for a cybersecurity director. That position in the Office of Cyberspace Policy in the Executive Office of the President would be confirmed Senate. Whoever that person turns out to be will have Obama’s ear on all cybersecurity matters and will be charged with uniting federal agencies in an effort to secure cyberspace.
Gourley writes that this is a helpful move in convincing citizens that cybersecurity is being addressed seriously.
“By ensuring the White House will have a Senate-confirmed Director,” he said, “it will help underscore for the executive branch that this issue should be taken a bit more serious. Sounds like a prudent thing for the Congress to do.”
Another requirement raised by the bill will make the Office of Personnel Management reform the process of recruiting, hiring, and training cybersecurity personnel to ensure the quality of the federal government’s workforce.
“The human side of technology is one that also needs significant attention and it is good seeing the Bill address this head-on by requiring OPM to reform the way the government leads cyber security personnel,” said Gourley.