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Defense Secretary Outlines New Cybersecurity Strategy
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Joe Stanganelli,
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4/30/2015 | 11:34:08 PM
Re: Dont Let Bureaucracy Hinder Progress
...not that the federal government is known for adhering to its own self-imposed tech guidelines (see, e.g., IPv6 compliance).
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4/24/2015 | 2:55:21 PM
Dont Let Bureaucracy Hinder Progress
I finally read the whole DoD cyber strategy.  Of particular interest (and a section I feel should have its own extensive document) is STRATEGIC GOAL III: BE PREPARED TO DEFEND THE U.S. HOMELAND AND U.S. VITAL INTERESTS FROM DISRUPTIVE OR DESTRUCTIVE CYBERATTACKS OF SIGNIFICANT CONSEQUENCE.

One point made within that section is:

* "Assess DoD's cyber deterrence posture and strategy. - Building off of the Defense Science Board's Task Force on Cyber Deterrence, U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM), in coordination with the Joint Staff and the Office of the Secretary of Defense, will assess the Department of Defense's ability to deter specific state and non-state actors from conducting cyberattacks of significant consequence on the U.S. homeland and against U.S. interests, to include loss of life, significant destruction of property, or significant impact on U.S. foreign and economic policy interests." 

  - "In conducting its analysis, USSTRATCOM must determine whether DoD is building the capabilities required for attributing and deterring key threats from conducting such attacks and  recommend specific actions that DoD can take to improve its cyber deterrence posture. Careful attention should be devoted also to deterring non-state actors that may fall outside of   traditional deterrence frameworks but which could pose a considerable threat to U.S. interests."

As with all bureaucracy, action is hindered by deep audits and analysis - the verbiage here concerns me in that I translate this to be a multi-year effort.  I'd be interested in seeing actual timelines and whether there is an escalation process in place to reach the recommendations phase so that implementation could begin more quickly.  This initiative to me is the most critical, time-sensitive and policy-shaping for future work in information security technologies.


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