Trump Should Pursue Cybersecurity Collaboration, Panel Says

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By Jimmy H. Koo

Dec. 2 — The Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity Dec. 2 urged President-elect Donald Trump to strengthen public-private sector collaboration “before, during and after” cybersecurity events.

Companies can’t maintain cybersecurity in isolation and “resilience must be a core component of any cybersecurity strategy,” the “Report on Securing and Growing the Digital Economy” said.

Given the urgency of the cybersecurity challenges confronting the U.S., the commission said that many of its recommendations should be initiated in the first 100 days of Trump’s administration.

The commission met with President Barack Obama Dec. 2 to present the findings of the report. The commission “makes clear that cybersecurity is one of the greatest challenges we face as a nation,” Obama said in a Dec. 2 statement. “Continuing to prioritize and coordinate cybersecurity efforts across the Federal government will ensure that this critical challenge remains a top national security priority,” he said.

The report categorized its 16 recommendations into six imperatives:

  • 1. Protect, defend and secure information infrastructure and digital networks;
  • 2. Innovate and accelerate investments in the digital economy;
  • 3. Prepare consumers for the digital age;
  • 4. Build cybersecurity workforce capabilities;
  • 5. Enhance government’s equipment; and
  • 6. Ensure an open, fair, competitive and secure global digital economy.

The report also highlighted the dangers posed by ubiquitous internet connectivity. “The interconnectedness and openness made possible by the Internet and broader digital ecosystem create unparalleled value for society,” it said. “But these same qualities make securing today’s cyber landscape difficult,” the report said.

Top Priority

The Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity was created within the Department of Commerce as a part of Obama’s $19 billion Cybersecurity National Action Plan, proposed Feb. 9. The commission consists of 12 private and public stakeholders across various sectors appointed by the president.

Obama’s plan seeks to boost the nation’s digital defenses and modernize legacy information technology systems in the federal government.

Obama Feb. 17 appointed former National Security Advisor Tom Donilon to be the chairman of the commission and tapped former IBM Chief Executive Officer Samuel J. Palmisano to serve as vice chair of the commission.

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker March 23 tapped Kiersten Todt, former president and managing partner of Liberty Group Ventures LLC, as executive director of the Commission.

Cybersecurity professionals have told Bloomberg BNA that President-elect Donald Trump may aggressively push cybersecurity policy in his first 100 days in office. Trump’s cybersecurity platform includes a Cyber Review Team made up of stakeholders from the public and private sectors, similar to Obama’s Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity.

To contact the reporter on this story: Jimmy H. Koo in Washington at jkoo@bna.com

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Donald Aplin at daplin@bna.com

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