The Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative ( CNCI ) was established by President George W. Bush in National Security Presidential Directive 54/Homeland Security Presidential Directive 23 (NSPD-54/HSPD-23) in January 2008. The initiative outlines U.S. cybersecurity goals and spans multiple agencies including the Department of Homeland Security , the Office of Management and Budget , and the National Security Agency . [2]

Details

Initial signing of the initiative and hearings about the initiative during 2008 were kept classified. [4] However, in March 2010 the Obama administration declassified limited material regarding the project. [5]

The current goals of the initiative include: establishing a front line of defense against network intrusion ; defending the U.S. against the full spectrum of threats through counterintelligence ; and strengthening the future cybersecurity environment through education, coordination and research. [6]

The main actions of the CNCI are: [11]

  • creating or enhancing shared situational awareness within federal government, and with other

government agencies and the private sector;

  • creating or enhancing the ability to respond quickly to prevent intrusions;
  • enhancing counterintelligence capabilities;
  • increasing the security of the supply chain for key information technologies;
  • expanding cyber education;
  • coordinating and redirecting research and development efforts; and
  • developing deterrence strategies.

On January 6, 2011 the National Security Agency (NSA) began building the first in a series of data centers pursuant to the program. [7] [8] The $1.5 billion Community Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative Data Center , also known as the Utah Data Center , is located at Camp Williams , Utah . [9]

See also

Notes

  1. . Federation of American Scientists . Retrieved 7 January 2011 .
  2. (PDF) . Department of Homeland Security . Retrieved 7 January 2011 .
  3. . Senate.gov . Retrieved 7 January 2011 .
  4. Vijayan, Jaikumar. . Computerworld . Retrieved 7 January 2011 .
  5. . US Government . Retrieved 7 January 2011 .
  6. LaPlante, Matthew D. (July 2, 2009). . Salt Lake Tribune . MediaNews Group . Retrieved 2009-07-05 .
  7. LaPlante, Matthew D. (July 2, 2009). . Salt Lake Tribune . MediaNews Group . Retrieved 2009-07-05 .
  8. Fidel, Steve. . Deseret News . Retrieved 6 January 2011 .