Earlier this month, President Obama promulgated his Cybersecurity National Action Plan (CNAP) to try to bring alive some of the things mentioned in the Cybersecurity Act of 2015, which the U.S. Congress passed last December. It primarily encourages the private sector to share security events with one another and the federal government.
It starts with creating a blue-ribbon Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity, which serves to provide a series of recommendations and actions that strengthen cybersecurity in both the private sector and federal agencies.
Second is a new $3.1-billion Information Technology Modernization Fund, to be included in next year's federal budget for the modernization of various government IT systems.
CNAP will thirdly create a Federal Chief Information Security Officer, the first such position in the federal bureaucracy (although in the past they've had federal CIOs in various agencies). The top salary offered is $185,000 and the position will be based in the OMB office. Candidates were recruited in February.
Launching a National Cybersecurity Awareness Campaign is fourth, and will include (among other things) promoting authentication tools and techniques for private citizens to improve their account-access security. Part of this will incorporate efforts to stop using social security numbers as an identifier of citizens by select federal agencies.
Fifth? Adding $19 billion (more than a one-third increase) to next year's federal budget for a variety of federal programs related to cybersecurity.
Lastly, CNAP aims to double the number of federal civilian cyber-defense teams in the Department of Homeland Security to a total of 48. This also means trying to recruit the best cybersecurity heads from across the federal government and private sector for these teams.
Is this something you should care about? Yep, no matter what your politics or place of employment. CNAP has, in a few cases, some great ideas that every business should implement. Some things to ponder:
Finally, under StaySafeOnline's website called StopThinkConnect, the federal government has a number of pamphlets mostly intended for the public that have some supporting information on using multifactor authentication, among other cybersecurity keep-in-minds.
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