Responding Strategically to Cyber Attacks

March 23, 2009
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The last 12 months has seen a significant amount of progress in our nation’s awareness of cyber threats and in our collective actions to address the security of our IT systems. However, a huge amount of work remains to be done. In a cyber context, the situation is a little like the one Winston Churchill described when he said: “This is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.” We in the cyber world have taken some serious blows, and we are shoring up our defenses. But there is a long long way to go before our objectives are met…


The last 12 months has seen a significant amount of progress in our nation’s awareness of cyber threats and in our collective actions to address the security of our IT systems. However, a huge amount of work remains to be done. In a cyber context, the situation is a little like the one Winston Churchill described when he said: “This is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.” We in the cyber world have taken some serious blows, and we are shoring up our defenses. But there is a long long way to go before our objectives are met. With this post I want to provide a snapshot of some of the progress of late.  1) CNCI:  The Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative provided a kick start to many elements of the federal enterprise and facilitated coordination action by multiple agencies. It was also an important evolution for Congress. The changes to the federal budget and the intentions of agencies was very positive. It is my opinion that the CNCI made a lasting positive difference in reducing unauthorized access into the federal enterprise and in…

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