Monday, January 26, 2009

President Obama and Information Security

President Obama has released an information security plan on the White House web site. The plan is based on recommendations made in December by the Commission on Cybersecurity for the 44th Presidency.

This couldn't happen too soon, as a security breach was reported on one of the president's web sites today.

The plan calls for the following:
  • Strengthen Federal Leadership on Cybersecurity
  • Initiate a Safe Computing R&D Effort and Harden our Nation's Cyber Infrastructure
  • Protect the IT Infrastructure That Keeps America's Economy Safe
  • Prevent Corporate Cyber-Espionage
  • Develop a Cyber Crime Strategy to Minimize the Opportunities for Criminal Profit
  • Mandate Standards for Securing Personal Data and Require Companies to Disclose Personal Information Data Breaches
As part of the effort to strengthen federal leadership, Obama will be picking a new national cyber adviser, reporting directly to him. More details and commentary are on the Brian Krebs Security Fix blog and in SC Magazine.

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