Progress Report Finds Administration Has Made Sound Cyber Steps

Howard Schmidt

Back in May 2009, President Barack Obama announced his intention to make cybersecurity an administration priority. The administration released yesterday a progress report on what the administration has accomplished to date.

The Cyberspace Policy Review, spearheaded by Melissa Hathaway, offered a number of recommendations for the administration to implement in the field of cybersecurity. The report recommended that the President create a Cybersecurity Coordinator position and a new Cybersecurity Directorate within the National Security Council. Back in December, President Obama made Howard Schmidt the White House Cybersecurity Coordinator.

The Cybersecurity Directorate is also preparing an update to National Security Presidential Directive 54 / Homeland Security Presidential Directive 23 (NSPD-54/HSPD-23), which established the CNCI.

The administration has also designated a civil liberties and privacy official and has launched a concerted effort to raise cybersecurity awareness among the public. The report also recommended the United States consider its positions regarding international cyber agreements.

“The United States is leading the way in an international dialogue to achieve greater cooperation among nations to defend against cyber threats,” according to the White House. “In partnership with like-minded nations and allies across the world, the United States has taken a lead role in international institutions, such as the United Nations, to make cybersecurity an international priority.”

Also, the administration is working on a national cyber response plan.

Read the full report here

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