Immediate Opportunities for Strengthening the U.S.’s Cybersecurity

Immediate Opportunities for Strengthening the U.S.’s Cybersecurity

The President´s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) issued a report on "Immediate Opportunities for Strengthening the Nation’s Cybersecurity".

The document points to areas where executive action can accelerate progress toward protecting the U.S. Nation’s information systems and assets — a topic of growing concern given that society and the economy have become increasingly dependent on Internet-connected devices and information systems.

Through consultation with its membership and other experts, PCAST’s examination of U.S. cybersecurity first produced a classified report on the issue, which was delivered to you in February 2013. This unclassified report is not a comprehensive assessment of the Nation’s cybersecurity needs and opportunities, but it makes key insights from that analysis available to a wider audience.

A key conclusion is that, given the increasingly dynamic nature of cybersecurity threats, it is important to adopt protective processes that continuously couple information about evolving threats to defensive reactions and responses; static protective mechanisms are no longer adequate. PCAST recommends that the Federal Government lead by example and improve its own processes to combat cyberthreats. PCAST also recommends a number of approaches to encourage greater adoption of secure practices in the private sector, including leveraging existing regulatory frameworks and focusing on auditable processes of continuous improvement rather than on list-based mandates that encourage a “check-the-box” mentality and provide incentives for minimal compliance.

PCAST also illuminates potential expanded roles for key Federal agencies, such as the National Institute of Standards and Technology, including facilitating the voluntary sharing of information among private-sector entities and enabling approaches for Internet Service Providers to engage their users on issues of cybersecurity. Finally, PCAST recommends that the Federal Government invest in high-risk, high-return basic research with a 10-to-20-year time horizon that, if successful, could fundamentally transform the future cybersecurity landscape.

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mercoledì 4 dicembre 2013

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