NSC Reports on Cybersecurity
Among the key achievements include a Cyberspace Policy Review and implementation of policies. The President appointed a cybersecurity policy official and a Cybersecurity Directorate was created within the National Security Staff. That directorate is developing an update to National Security Presidential Directive 54 / Homeland Security Presidential Directive 23 (NSPD-54/HSPD-23). This revised Presidential Directive will further elaborate and advance implementation of the strategy outlined by the CPR and executed through the CNCI and the actions laid out below. The emphasis of these actions is to make cybersecurity a central component of the administration’s performance management agenda. ore effective.
Other actions include:
• A privacy and civil liberties official has been designated.
* A national public awareness and education campaign is underway.
• U.S. positions for international cybersecurity policy framework are being developed, and international partnerships are being strengthened.
• A cybersecurity incident response plan is in final draft and will be exercised in September.
Just as significantly, the administration is taking steps to secure classified networks and manage global, and better securing the Internet’s Domain Name System.
Finally, the NSC says that the administration has established a United States Cyber Command, which is unifying and strengthening the Defense Department’s efforts to defend military networks and ensure integration of cyberspace operations. “With the confirmation of General Keith Alexander – who remains the Director of NSA--as the head of the U.S. Cyber Command, the Defense Department will achieve greater unity of effort across a full range of cyberspace operations.”
The full report includes progress in a number of other key strategic areas relating to managing cyber risk. Significantly the report did not discuss any deadlines, timelines, or delays in reaching goals and objectives.