Obama Admin. on Cybersecurity: Sharing is Caring
December 20, 2012 2:30 PM
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Plans calls for secure sharing that standardizes inter-agency methodology, while protecting civil liberties
In the wake of the failure to pass
the "Cybersecurity Act"
[PDF]) through the U.S. Senate, President Barack Obama was expected to
turn to executive orders
implement much of the machinery
proposed in the act.
In a potential wind up to such orders, the President on Thursday released his "
National Strategy for Information Sharing and Safeguarding
In the proposal, he writes:
As President, I have no greater responsibility than ensuring the safety and security of the United States and the American people. Meeting this responsibility requires the closest possible cooperation among our intelligence, military, diplomatic, homeland security, law enforcement, and public health communities, as well as with our partners at the State and local level and in the private sector. This cooperation, in turn, demands the timely and effective sharing of intelligence and information about threats to our Nation with those who need it, from the President to the police officer on the street.
In his commentary, he also adds, "This Strategy makes it clear that the individual privacy, civil rights, and civil liberties of United States persons must be—and will be—protected."
President Obama says civil liberties and privacy safeguards must be built into information sharing systems up front -- not added as an afterthought. [Image Source: AP]
The document tends towards vague and nebulous generalities. However, some details can be gleaned from it.
For example, it does make the suggestion of creating more standardized templates for information sharing requests, such that requests between the private sector and the government or one part of the government and another part, don't require a custom request each time. The proposals also calls for a standardizing of information request authorization across multiple government agencies, to prevent anonymous interactions and decrease the number of credentials needed by one user with multiple agency access privileges.
The proposal also calls for more careful curation of data via meta-data tags.
issue of trusting the government with data
in the face of recent security leaks (like the
), the President writes:
Recent information breaches and disclosures highlight vulnerabilities in the protection of sensitive and classified information. Continued implementation of structural reform and standardized policies, however, will strengthen oversight as well as align security best practices. The risk of unauthorized disclosure and misuse of information originates from insider threats and external intrusions; structural reforms must address both.
The strategy discusses the importance of protecting against leaks and makes some suggestions on how to prevent them.
The strategy discusses the need for built-in safeguards to protect civil liberties and privacy. It suggests building such capabilities up-front during the early stages of implementation of new systems, versus implementing them as an afterthought.
In all, the proposal sounds pretty reasonable -- but the tricky part is always translating such a reasonable, but inarguably very general, set of guidelines into actual action.
The White House [PDF]
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12/20/2012 10:31:23 PM
Welcome to the dog and pony show! Don't mind all this other stuff going on... we'll get around to screwing that up soon enough.
The government can pass laws (or the president can bypass Congress because you know, screw democracy) but that doesn't mean any affected agencies will be able to implement anything worthwhile. Most government agencies are completely inept when it comes to anything digital.
12/20/2012 11:28:08 PM
Hasn't this been our foreign policy post-WWII?
12/21/2012 12:30:29 AM
Yea, pretty much.
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