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White House releases cybersecurity report on cyberspace policy

Earlier today, the White House released a long-awaited cybersecurity report, including a video (below) featuring commentary and perspective from officials and experts:

Melissa Hathaway, cybersecurity chief at the National Security Council, wrote the following “Securing Our Digital Future” entry on the White House blog:

“The globally-interconnected digital information and communications infrastructure known as cyberspace underpins almost every facet of modern society and provides critical support for the U.S. economy, civil infrastructure, public safety and national security.  The United States is one of the global leaders on embedding technology into our daily lives and this technology adoption has transformed the global economy and connected people in ways never imagined. My boys are 8 and 9 and use the Internet daily to do homework, blog with their friends and teacher, and email their mom; it is second nature to them. My mom and dad can read the newspapers about their daughter on-line and can reach me anywhere in the world from their cell phone to mine.  And people all over the world can post and watch videos and read our blogs within minutes of completion. I can’t imagine my world without this connectivity and I would bet that you cannot either. Now consider that the same networks that provide this connectively also increasingly help control our critical infrastructure.  These networks deliver power and water to our households and businesses, they enable us to access our bank accounts from almost any city in the world, and they are transforming the way our doctors provide healthcare. For all of these reasons, we need a safe Internet with a strong network infrastructure and we as a nation need to take prompt action to protect cyberspace for what we use it for today and will need in the future. 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.”

We’ll have more perspective and commentary next week on what this report will mean for compliance and security professionals. In the meantime, you can read the Cyberspace Policy Review for yourself.

[If you followed @ITCompliance on Twitter, by the way, you already knew all that.-Ed.]

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