October 31, 2014

Thoughts on Recent Cyber Security Strategies Announced by the Pentagon

Given that so many organizations today continue to increase their dependencies on cyberspace activities to connect with their supply chain vendors as well as their customers, and, given the constant news reports surrounding the topics of potential cybersecurity related risks and threats to those organizations, it is with particular interest that our readership should pay attention to some of our government’s recently announced programs and strategies to strengthen levels of online privacy and security.

One of those recent events involves a press conference held by the United States Department of Commerce where Commerce Secretary Gary Locke announced the “National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace” (“NSTIC”) initiative.  The focus of this announcement was that NSTIC was: (a) a partnership between the U.S. government and the private sector to strengthen consumer confidence in the Internet and (b) a broad strategy to enhance the security of online transactions with the United States government playing the role of facilitator.

The other event involves The Pentagon’s unveiling of its first cybersecurity document, entitled “Department of Defense Strategy for Operating in Cyberspace” (“DSOC”).   The announcement was made by Deputy Secretary of Defense William J. Lynn, III at the National Defense University in Washington and emphasized a defensive approach in the “war domain” that is the Internet.

While it may be too early to have a clear vision of what these actions may mean to PS-Prep strategy or risk management team planning efforts within organizations, our staff believes it is good to offer our readership an opportunity to review some thoughts or comments regarding these cybersecurity related developments.

To that point, our staff has organized some reading resource content to pass along to those information security and business continuity planning team members in your organization:

U.S. Government Unveils New Strategy for Online Security and Privacy” written by Tony Bradley and posted on the PCWorld website, (read the article)

Remarks delivered by Deputy Secretary of Defense William J. Lynn, III on the Department of Defense Cyber Strategy, (read the speech)

Comments on the Pentagon’s New Cybersecurity Strategy by the Radio Free Europe press, (read more)

Defending the Internet: National Security vs. Big Brother” written by Tony Bradley and posted on the PCWorld website, (read the article)

Critics: U.S. Cybersecurity Plan Has Holes, Few New Items” written by Nancy Gohring, IDG News (read the article)

Please add your own thoughts and comments as well as any published article related to this critical risk management topic.

If applicable, share this information with those members of the cybersecurity risk mitigation planning teams in your organization.

Photo courtesy of Radio Free Europe RL

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