We've been blogging for awhile here on the Obama administration and Cybersecurity.
It looks like he is in fact following through. According to boston.com - President Obama said that cyberspace is one of the biggest threats to the economy and the military.
Obama goes on to site a survey claiming that in the past two years alone cyber crime has cost Americans more than $8 billion and that he has personally had his privacy violated by cyber criminals. He also speaks to this being an issue of remaining competitive in a global economy and protecting sensitive information from...
"the disgruntled employee on the inside, the lone hacker a thousand miles away, organized crime, the industrial spy and, increasingly, foreign intelligence services. It's been estimated that last year alone cyber criminals stole intellectual property from businesses worldwide worth up to $1 trillion. In short, America's economic prosperity in the 21st century will depend on cybersecurity. For all these reasons, it's now clear this cyber threat is one of the most serious economic and national security challenges we face as a nation."
President Obama restated a line from speeches earlier in his administration stating that - our digital infrastructure will be treated as a strategic national asset. He highlight five key areas of focus and responsibility for this new initiative.
- Develop a comprehensive strategy
- Unified approach bringing together federal, state and local government as well as private sector
- Collaborate with and strengthen public/private partnerships
- Continued investment in research and development
- Embark on a national campaign of cybersecurity awareness and digital literacy
Unlike "cyber czars" of the past administrations - it looks like the one under the Obama administration is going to have greater support from the President and a more defined strategy.