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March 2009

Cybersecurity's profile rising under Obama

The lexicon in Washington around cybersecurity is changing. In the coming weeks, you're going to hear a lot about offense and defense for instance, and it will have nothing to do with the Redskins. It will have to do with militarizing cybersecurity, and making critical infrastructure, and federal and public networks strategic assets. While previous administrations have treated cybersecurity with policies and toothless national strategies, indications are the Obama administration is going to elevate it beyond a paper exercise. Beyond the nonsensical distractions of the Obama BlackBerry, the president and those around him seem to appreciate importance of connectivity and the need for security and assurance to national security and commerce. Just about halfway through his first 100 days, Obama has already ordered Melissa Hathaway, senior advisor for the Director of National Intelligence, to conduct a review of the government's cybersecurity policies and processes, including the top secret Comprehensive National Cybersecurity ...

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