US lifts lid on top secret plan for internet security

The White House has declassified parts of a top secret plan outlining how government will protect the nation’s computer networks from cyber warfare. The announcement by cybersecurity tsar Howard Schmidt was made at the world’s biggest security event. The move is aimed at encouraging greater co-operation between academia, government and the private sector. “We must continue to seek out innovative new partnerships – not only within government, but also among industry, government and the American public,” Mr Schmidt told delegates at the event, hosted by the security company RSA in San Francisco. It was his first major speech to industry peers since being appointed to the job in December 2009. The Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative (CNCI) was introduced in 2008 by then-President George W Bush. There are 12 parts to the CNCI, including cyber counterintelligence and deterrence strategies. For the first time the government has published a general description of what they are on its website. The CNCI funds a number of sensitive projects including the government’s Einstein technology, which focuses on securing the vast computer network that operates under the domain, as well as detecting attempts to access those systems.


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