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Cybersecurity Plan Declassified

By: Absolute Team | 3/11/2010

The Obama administration has declassified and published part of its cybersecurity plan. Saying that Obama has "identified cybersecurity as one of the most serious economic and national security challenges" faced in the US, appointing Howard A. Schmidt as cybersecurity coordinator last year. Schmidt made the declassification announcement at the RSA Security Conference.

Schmidt says there are about 40 legal questions surrounding the cybersecurity initiative that the government is working on. The initiative was set to protect US networks - military, civilian and government networks as well as infrastructure systems - and to combat cyberwarfare.

The declassified plan includes information on Einstein 2 and 3, intrusion detection systems on federal networks that would detect potential threats. Wired does a great job discussing the privacy and civil liberty issues surrounding these deployments. The plan outlines several initiatives that are a part of the Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative (CNCI) - see the outline here.