[ISN] U.S. Declassifies Part of Secret Cybersecurity Plan

From: InfoSec News <alerts_at_private>
Date: Wed, 3 Mar 2010 01:51:28 -0600 (CST)

By Kim Zetter
Threat Level
March 2, 2010

The Obama administration declassified part of the government's 
cybersecurity plan Tuesday, publishing parts of it that discuss 
intrusion detection systems for federal computer networks and the 
government's role in securing critical infrastructure.

The declassification announcement was made by Howard A. Schmidt, a 
former Microsoft security executive who in December was appointed 
cybersecurity coordinator by President Barack Obama. Schmidt was 
speaking at the RSA Security Conference in San Francisco, an annual 
industry conference for computer security professionals.

The government's Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative was 
launched in 2008 by President George W. Bush under a shroud of secrecy. 
The plan has 12 directives that cover the government's strategy to 
protect U.S. networks - including military, civilian, government 
networks and critical infrastructure systems - as well as the 
government's offensive strategy to combat cyber warfare.

Civil libertarians criticized the Bush administration for failing to 
disclose the contents of the plan or allowing independent oversight of 
its implementation. Schmidt said that Obama recognized the need for some 


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