By Kevin Coleman -- Defense Tech Cyberwarfare Correspondent
U.S. President Barack Obama recently released his administration’s vision for improving cyberspace security and reducing the nation’s cyber risks. A cornerstone of the approach outlined at a high level is the requirement for greater cooperation between the Department of Homeland Security and private sector businesses on cyber risk mitigation. A second important component is that international cooperation is essential in holding those behind acts of cyber aggression and criminal cyber acts accountable. The Obama administration recognized the need for international cooperation in order to secure cyberspace while maintaining privacy and the free flow of information.
This has been a long time coming. In fact, it has been about two years since President Obama issued his Cyberspace Policy Review. This is a good start but like everything, the devil is in the details and the administration’s vision is far from detailed. I, like many others, wanted to see much more information in this strategic imperative. Over the next several months you can expect to see details from the approximately 50 different pieces of proposed legislation being added to this. Clearly, we need to move expeditiously given the current cyber threat environment and the continued growth in malicious software, services and other criminal acts. The two documents referenced below create the foundation necessary to address the growing threats we face in cyberspace. But again, the devil is in the details. Building the actual policies is the big challenge and a close eye must be focused on this ongoing effort.
Reference: Cyber Security Legislation Proposal Fact Sheet http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/05/12/fact-sheet-cybersecurity-legislative-proposal
Reference: International Strategy for Cyberspace http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/rss_viewer/international_strategy_for_cyberspace.pdf