Cybersecurity and U.S. 2015 National Security Strategy

Cybersecurity and U.S. 2015 National Security Strategy

The White House has released its second "National Security Strategy". As for the 2010 National Security Strategy, the new document gives to cybersecurity a central and fundamental role.
In fact, the strategy warns that the "danger of disruptive and even destructive cyberattack is growing" and the U.S. are "fortifying our critical infrastructure against all hazards, especially cyber espionage and attack".

The strategy also draws the U.S. response to cyber-threats based on:

- Shaping global standards for cybersecurity and building international capacity to disrupt and investigate cyber-threats.
- Working with the owners and operators of U.S. Nation’s critical cyber and physical infrastructure across every sector — financial, energy, transportation, health, information technology, and more — to decrease vulnerabilities and increase resilience.
- Continuing to work with the Congress to pursue a legislative framework that ensures high security standards.
- Defending the country against cyber-attacks and imposing costs on malicious cyber-actors, including through prosecution of illegal cyber-activity.
- Assisting other countries to develop laws that enable strong action against threats that originate from their infrastructure.

Unlike the 2010 National Security Strategy, the 2015 version explicitly calls out China. The United States will "take necessary actions to protect our businesses and defend our networks against cyber theft of trade secrets for commercial gain whether by private actors or the Chinese government". It should be noted that this sentence is noteworthy because clearly states that U.S. government takes responsibility to protect the private sector from cyber-espionage.

The White House also pinpoints that cybersecurity requires that long-standing norms of international behavior — to include protection of intellectual property, online freedom, and respect for civilian infrastructure — be upheld, and the Internet be managed as a shared responsibility between states and the private sector with civil society and Internet users as key stakeholders.

Read the U.S. 2015 National Security Strategy here:
http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/docs/2015_national_security_strategy.pdf

venerdì 6 febbraio 2015
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