WH declassifies cybersecurity parameters


The White House has declassified much of a cybersecurity initiative developed during the George W. Bush administration.

The release of Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative’s 12 key goals is part of the Obama administration’s quest for transparency, said Cybersecurity Coordinator Howard Schmidt in a March 2 White House blog post announcing the declassification. Bush created the initiative in 2008 and few details were available about it before the March 2 release.

Schmidt wrote:

We will not defeat our cyber adversaries because they are weakening, we will defeat them by becoming collectively stronger, through stronger technology, a stronger cadre of security professionals, and stronger partnerships.”

Portions of the initiative outlining cyberwarfare plans remain classified.

To read the 12 initiatives, click here.


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