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Cybersecurity In The Obama Era

Our roundup of the Obama administration's major initiatives, executive orders and actions over the past seven and a half years. How would you grade the president's cybersecurity achievements?
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On February 9, President Barack Obama announced the Cybersecurity National Action Plan (CNAP), which he described as the capstone of more than seven years of determined effort by his administration.  The plan builds upon lessons learned from cybersecurity trends, threats, and intrusions.  

The plan also directs the federal government to take new action and pave the conditions required for long-term improvements in the approach to cybersecurity across the government, the private sector, and people’s personal lives. 

Throughout the seven and a half years Obama has been in office, the president has launched numerous initiatives and executive orders to put in place a structure to fortify the government's defenses against cyber-attacks and protect the personal information the government keeps about its citizens.

Tom Kellermann, who was a member of The Center for Strategic & International Studies Commission on Cybersecurity for the 44th Presidency, gives the Obama administration a C+ for its cybersecurity efforts. The Commission was formed to advise the 44th president on the creation and maintenance of a comprehensive cybersecurity strategy.

“You can’t give him anything better than a C+,” says Kellermann. “Have things gotten worse? Yes. Do you feel comfortable calling the U.S. government if you need help in cyber as an individual or corporation? No.” The FBI will come investigate, Kellermann says, but investigate what? What happened last night? “Can they stop what is happening to you now from happening in the future? No.”

If the police are called to investigate a physical crime, not only will they investigate the crime but may institute a way for preventing that crime from happening to you again, he notes. “That doesn’t happen in cyber.” 

In this slideshow we offer a roundup of some of the Obama administration’s major initiatives, executive orders and achievements in cybersecurity. 

How would you grade the president's cybersecurity achievements?  

 

Rutrell Yasin has more than 30 years of experience writing about the application of information technology in business and government. View Full Bio
 

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Whoopty,
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9/16/2016 | 7:46:10 AM
Right direction
Obama has definitely gotten the ball rolling in the right direction, but I'm concerned about what comes next. Neither Trump or (and especially) Clinton really seem to understand digital security. The email server Clinton used is a prime example of that.

Is there any indication that if either of them got into power they would take it more seriously than the other?
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9/19/2016 | 10:54:42 AM
Re: Right direction
I think looking at their backgrounds and who they surround themselves with. Clinton usually has people around her that have been in politics and really doesn't seem to know how to stretch beyond that, ie her server was setup like a child did it off of youtube videos. Trump has a history of getting people that know their sectors. Often he stretches out to experts when he is dealing with something he doesn't know. He seems to strive for success (historically) while Clinton strives for political positioning.
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