After hacking attacks to military, government and infrastructure computer networks from around the world, and some evidence of other nations’ involvement in the incidents, President Barak Obama on Friday, May 29, announced both an accelerated civilian and military effort.
On the civilian side, the President created an office that will report to the National Security Council and the National Economic Council to better restrict access to government computers and certain private sector networks.
The Pentagon plans to create a new military command which will focus on offensive and defensive cyber warfare, taking a more aggressive stance.
Also today, Melissa Hathaway, cybersecurity chief at the National Security Council, posted a related blog on the White House site.
According to Hathaway:
“The globally-interconnected digital information and communications infrastructure known as cyberspace underpins almost every facet of modern society and provides critical support for the
“Protecting cyberspace requires strong vision and leadership and will require changes in policy, technology, education, and perhaps law. The 60-day cyberspace policy review summarizes our conclusions and outlines the beginning of a way forward in building a reliable, resilient, trustworthy digital infrastructure for the future. There are opportunities for everyone—individuals, academia, industry, and governments—to contribute toward this vision. During the review we engaged in more than 40 meetings and received and read more than 100 papers that informed our recommendations. As you will see in our review there is a lot of work for us to do together and an ambitious action plan to accomplish our goals. It must begin with a national dialogue on cybersecurity and we should start with our family, friends, and colleagues.
For access to the 60-day cyberspace review policy:
For access to more than 100 papers that informed the government recommendations: