White House Issues Cyber Security Plan

The President''s Critical Infrastructure Protection Board (PCIPB) has issued a draft plan for upgrading security protections for the nation''s cyberspace infrastructure.

"The National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace' describes initiatives to secure U.S. information systems against deliberate, malicious disruption and to foster an increased national resiliency", according to the report's introduction. The strategy emphasizes that protection of the nation's information technology infrastructure is not a job that government can do alone, but one that requires the cooperation and diligence of home computer users, business users, and state and local governments.

The plan has been in the making for a year, and is still a work in progress. The version released September 18 is a draft, and the PCIPB is still accepting public comment on how the strategy should be further amended. The PCIPB plan is an adjunct to the nation's homeland security plans. The authors say a wide range of characters threaten the critical information infrastructure that supports all business, government and public safety systems.

The report also notes thousands of millions of dollars in losses suffered by businesses over the last year when their computer systems were temporarily disabled by viruses and worms set loose through cyberspace. "The overall national strategic goal is to empower all Americans to secure their portions of cyberspace", the report says, emphasizing the need for heightened awareness, more sophisticated protective technologies, and ongoing education and training. The report also emphasizes the importance of working with the international community to achieve a higher level of global awareness and assure the adoption of adequate cybersecurity measures by all nations.

A pdf-version of the report (2.36 MB) is available at http://www.whitehouse.gov/pcipb/.

Quelle: PM der Public Affairs Sections of the U.S. Embassy and Consulates v. 23.9.2002.

MMR 2002, Heft 11, XXIV