Obama Administration Reveals Cybersecurity Plan

According to the White House (http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/05/12/fact-sheet-cybersecurity-legislative-proposal), the Administration welcomed the opportunity to assist congressional cybersecurity efforts, and said, “we have developed a pragmatic and focused cybersecurity legislative proposal for Congress to consider. This legislative proposal is the latest achievement in the steady stream of progress we are making in securing cyberspace and completes another near-term action item identified in the Cyberspace Policy Review. The proposed legislation is focused on improving cybersecurity for the American people, our Nation’s critical infrastructure, and the Federal Government’s own networks and computers.”President Obama’s Administration, which included more than 18 different government departments and agencies, has proposed tighter global defenses against computer attacks by introducing international cybersecurity standards and proposing consequences for noncompliance.

The International Strategy for Cyberspace released by the White House proposes building an international coalition to maintain Internet freedoms and prevent cybercrime and loss of intellectual property, according to a www.sfgate.com report on the breaking news. The proposed legislation calls for U.S. State, Defense, Homeland Security, Commerce and Justice departments to develop standards that would prevent theft of private information and protect intellectual property. The U.S. government would work in concert with their global counterparts on cybersecurity.

Under the plan, federal departments would issue and roll out strategy details, which would be assessed by the White House within six months.

“We look forward to partnering with our private sector, with other nations, and with others who share the same goal,” said Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, according to the www.sfgate.com report.

The plan also specifies that the U.S. would respond to hostile acts in cyberspace “as we would to any other threat to our country,” according to the White House fact sheet.

The White House proposal includes the following legislative changes in order to fully protect the U.S.’ cybersecurity infrastructure:

  1. Voluntary Government Assistance to Industry, States, and Local Government. Organizations that suffer a cyber intrusion often ask the federal government for assistance with fixing the damage and for advice on building better defenses.
  2. Voluntary Information Sharing with Industry, States, and Local Government. Businesses, states and local governments sometimes identify new types of computer viruses or other cyber threats or incidents, but they are uncertain about whether they can share this information with the federal government.
  3. Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity Plans.

The Administration’s legislative proposal also includes directives for management, personnel, intrusion prevention systems, and data centers.

To read the White House release on the cybersecurity proposal, read the full article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/05/12/fact-sheet-cybersecurity-legislative-proposal

For more information about the White House proposed legislation, visit: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/g/a/2011/05/16/bloomberg1376-LLAY9E6JIJV001-1KCULRCJRQ5ALKHVOMQ93RNJQA.DTL