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A review of how well the US thwarts spies and malicious hackers has been started by President Barack Obama.
The wide-ranging review is set to last 60 days and takes in all the “plans, programs and activities” of official US cyber security efforts.
The end result will be a strategy to improve the way the US defends itself against net-borne threats. While campaigning, President Obama likened net risks to the threat of nuclear or biological attack.
“The national security and economic health of the United States depend on the security, stability, and integrity of our nation’s cyberspace, both in the public and private sectors,” said John Brennan, assistant to the president for counterterrorism and homeland security, in a statement….
The BBC reporter notes that the Commission on Cybersecurity (CSIS) previously produced a report entitled Securing Cyberspace for the 44th Presidency in December 2008.
What would a strategy for securing cyberspace look like? Recall John Bumgarner’s recent talk at the Fletcher School, entitled Policy Voides of Cyber Conflicts, February 3, 2009. At present, there are too many competing civilian and military agencies for the country to have a cohesive policy, and no clear definition of what securing cyberspace would entail. Preparing for war? Stamping out credit fraud? Hardening the nation’s civilian infrastructure? Mandating national quality standards for computer programming? None of these definitions fits the bill. I’ll be very interested to see what Obama’s team comes up with.