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Trump administration needs comprehensive cybersecurity approach, says CSIS

January 6, 2017 (Photo Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto)
The incoming Trump administration should move quickly to streamline cybersecurity policy, programs and oversight, refocus and reinforce cyber mission operational components, and prioritize data protection and cyberattack deterrence equally, according to a new report by public policy research institution the Center for Strategic & International Studies.

In “From Awareness to Action: A Cybersecurity Agenda for the 45th President,” the CSIS Cyber Policy Task Force provides policy recommendations informed by public sector and industry voices in both Washington and Silicon Valley. The central conclusion is that all efforts going forward should be coordinated, coherent and connect a host of available resources.

Building on strategies the Obama administration established, the recommendations cover ways to develop and secure mobile, internet of things, cloud computing and other network-connected devices; the clarification and reorganization of the Department of Homeland Security’s role in strengthening a cybersecurity agency; and means to address both foreign allies and opponents in reducing and controlling cybercrime.

The report suggests revisions to international cybersecurity strategies and agreements, the creation of cyber consequences and active defense frameworks, the roles of the military in a cyber posture, and opportunities to expand zero vulnerability and workforce training programs.
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