[ISN] Group urges White House to lead on cybersecurity

From: InfoSec News <alerts_at_private>
Date: Tue, 9 Dec 2008 02:19:40 -0600 (CST)

By Ben Bain
December 8, 2008

The upcoming Obama administration should establish a new office in the 
White House to manage cybersecurity, a commission comprised of a 
wide-range of experts and two lawmakers said today.

The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Commission on 
Cybersecurity for the 44th Presidency [1] recommended that a new office 
in the Executive Office of the President - which would be named the 
National Office for Cyberspace. NOC would work with a new cybersecurity 
directorate, which would be part of the National Security Council (NSC), 
to develop and manage a comprehensive national security strategy for 
cyber space, the commission recommended.

A new assistant to the president would direct NOC, which could be 
established by merging the existing National Center for Cybersecurity 
and the Joint Interagency Cyber Task Force, the commission recommended.

“Cyberspace is now a major national security issue,” wrote the panel, 
whose co-chairmen include Reps. Jim Langevin (D-R.I.) and Michael McCaul 
(R-Texas). “The United States should treat it as such, following the 
precedent” of weapons of mass destruction and nonproliferation. Langevin 
and McCaul are chairman and ranking member, respectively, of the 
Homeland Security Committee's Emerging Threats, Cybersecurity, and 
Science and Technology Subcommittee.
[1] http://www.csis.org/tech/cyber/


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