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Group urges White House to lead on cybersecurity

Group urges White House to lead on cybersecurity
Group urges White House to lead on cybersecurity

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By Ben Bain
December 8, 2008

The upcoming Obama administration should establish a new office in the 
White House to manage cybersecurity, a commission comprised of a 
wide-range of experts and two lawmakers said today.

The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Commission on 
Cybersecurity for the 44th Presidency [1] recommended that a new office 
in the Executive Office of the President - which would be named the 
National Office for Cyberspace. NOC would work with a new cybersecurity 
directorate, which would be part of the National Security Council (NSC), 
to develop and manage a comprehensive national security strategy for 
cyber space, the commission recommended.

A new assistant to the president would direct NOC, which could be 
established by merging the existing National Center for Cybersecurity 
and the Joint Interagency Cyber Task Force, the commission recommended.

=E2=80=9CCyberspace is now a major national security issue,=E2=80=9D wrote the panel, 
whose co-chairmen include Reps. Jim Langevin (D-R.I.) and Michael McCaul 
(R-Texas). =E2=80=9CThe United States should treat it as such, following the 
precedent=E2=80=9D of weapons of mass destruction and nonproliferation. Langevin 
and McCaul are chairman and ranking member, respectively, of the 
Homeland Security Committee's Emerging Threats, Cybersecurity, and 
Science and Technology Subcommittee.


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