Governance & Risk Management

Cybersecurity Commission Seen Moving to New Phase

Panel Members Feel Their Job Isn't Done The commission that produced the report Cybersecurity for the 44th Presidency may not disband, but instead continue to provide advice to the Obama administration and others willing to listen.

Citing the popular response the 96-page report has received since its release in December, commission co-chairman Harry Raduege said panel members feel they can help the federal government institute many of its recommendations. "We'll hold the members together," Raduege, chairman of the Deloitte Center for Network Innovation, told "There are a number of areas we identified that, perhaps, we can have a positive impact on in helping the new administration ... fulfill the vision we have to secure cyberspace."

The commission, under the auspices of the Center for Strategic and International Studies, issued the report, Cybersecurity and the 44th Presidency, outlining steps the new administration must take to secure government IT, including the creation of the Office of Cyberspace within the White House.

Among the topics the commission will likely address during its next phase of work, according to CSIS website:

Cybersecurity and the stimulus.
Executive branch leadership and organization.
Legislation affecting federal systems, including reform of the Federal Information Security and Management Act.
Review of law enforcement/investigative authorities, including the Electronic Communications Privacy Act.
Professionalizing the government IT security workforce.
Federal acquisitions policy to assure IT wares purchased are secure.
International standards and initiatives.
Authentication and attribution.
Classification of cyber initiatives.
Enduring security framework and public/private partnerships.

The commission also may issue a six-month report card on government efforts to secure cyberspace.

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Eric Chabrow

Eric Chabrow

Retired Executive Editor, GovInfoSecurity

Chabrow, who retired at the end of 2017, hosted and produced the semi-weekly podcast ISMG Security Report and oversaw ISMG's GovInfoSecurity and InfoRiskToday. He's a veteran multimedia journalist who has covered information technology, government and business.

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