Tech industry leaders say the administration "gets it" when it comes to protecting nation's computing infrastructure.
National security and homeland security advisers will review the federal government's cybersecurity efforts.
President Barack Obama announced Monday that Melissa Hathaway, cyber coordination executive to the director of national intelligence, would lead the 60-day interagency review. During the review, Hathaway will take on a new role as acting senior director for cyberspace for the National Security and Homeland Security councils.
She will lead the development of strategy to ensure that U.S. cybersecurity efforts are integrated and coordinated with Congress and the private sector.
"The national security and economic health of the United States depend on the security, stability, and integrity of our nation's cyberspace, both in the public and private sectors," John Brennan, the president's assistant for counterterrorism and homeland security, said in a statement from the White House. "The president is confident that we can protect our nation's critical cyber infrastructure while at the same time adhering to the rule of law and safeguarding privacy rights and civil liberties."
The move drew praise from the technology industry. Phil Lieberman, CEO of Lieberman Software, said that the United States has lacked a coordinated policy on cyberwarfare.
"The existing laws and legal precedents leave the United States vulnerable for repeated cyberattack of its domestic infrastructure without any means (legally or practically speaking) to mitigate the problem, nor any policy of how to respond in a coordinated way," he said. "Consequently, the United States infrastructure is under brutal attack, but it lacks the means to respond."
Lieberman said that the president's announcement shows that this administration "gets it" when it comes to the importance of the Internet and technology.
"The good news is that we already have the tools and talent to defend the Internet and our infrastructure, all we need are the laws, leadership, funding (tiny amounts) and will to rise to the challenge," he added.
Time to Reconsider Enterprise Email StrategyCost, time, and risk. It's the demand trifecta vying for the attention of both technology professionals and attorneys charged with balancing the expectations of their clients and business units with the hard reality of the current financial and regulatory climate. Sometimes, organizations assume high levels of risk as a result of their inability to meet the costs involved in data protection. In other instances, it's time that's of the essence, as with a data breach.
5 Top Federal Initiatives For 2015As InformationWeek Government readers were busy firming up their fiscal year 2015 budgets, we asked them to rate more than 30 IT initiatives in terms of importance and current leadership focus. No surprise, among more than 30 options, security is No. 1. After that, things get less predictable.
. We've got a management crisis right now, and we've also got an engagement crisis. Could the two be linked? Tune in for the next installment of IT Life Radio, Wednesday May 20th at 3PM ET to find out.