At the RSA Conference, White House Cyber-Security Coordinator Howard Schmidt announced that an unclassified version of the Obama administration's "Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative" is now available online. In his remarks, Schmidt declared that transparency and partnership must go "hand in hand."
White House has made an unclassified version of a document describing the Obama
administration's Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative (CNCI)
The announcement was made March 2 at the
recently appointed White
House Cyber-Security Coordinator Howard Schmidt.
In addition to describing
the CNCI, the document also outlines 12 smaller initiatives for improving
the nation's security posture.
Here are the 12 elements of the CNCI as laid out in the document,
be viewed here where they are described in greater detail:
- Manage the Federal Enterprise Network as a single
network enterprise with Trusted Internet Connections.
- Deploy an intrusion detection system of sensors across
the federal enterprise.
- Pursue deployment of intrusion prevention systems across
the federal enterprise.
- Coordinate and redirect research and development efforts.
- Connect current cyber ops centers to enhance situational
- Develop and implement a governmentwide cyber-counterintelligence
- Increase the security of classified networks.
- Expand cyber-education.
- Define and develop enduring "leap-ahead"
technology, strategies and programs.
- Define and develop enduring deterrence strategies and
- Develop a multipronged approach for global supply chain
- Define the federal role for extending cyber-security
into critical infrastructure domains.
According to the document, the activities under way to implement the
recommendations of the Cyberspace Policy Review build on the Comprehensive
National Cybersecurity Initiative launched by former President George W. Bush
in January 2008.
"President Obama determined that the CNCI and its associated activities
should evolve to become key elements of a broader, updated national
strategy," the document reads. "These CNCI initiatives will play a key role in
supporting the achievement of many of the key recommendations of President
Obama's Cyberspace Policy Review."
the goals, Schmidt explained, forms an important component of the
government's cyber-security efforts.
"Transparency and partnerships are concepts that have to go hand in
hand," he told the audience. "We can't ask industry to help the government, [and]
the government can't offer to help industry unless we have that transparency.
So we believe this is particularly important in areas such as the CNCI, where
there have been legitimate questions about sensitive topics and the role of the
intelligence community in cyber-security, and how they can help us while still
preserving civil liberties.
order to be successful against today's cyber-security threats, we must continue
to seek out new and innovative partnerships," he continued, adding, "Our
collective knowledge and our experience are probably the most powerful tool
that we have.
"We're not going to wind up beating our adversaries because they're weak.
... We'll beat them because we will become stronger," he said.
A clip of the speech can be seen here