By Kim Zetter
March 2, 2010
The Obama administration declassified part of the government's
cybersecurity plan Tuesday, publishing parts of it that discuss
intrusion detection systems for federal computer networks and the
government's role in securing critical infrastructure.
The declassification announcement was made by Howard A. Schmidt, a
former Microsoft security executive who in December was appointed
cybersecurity coordinator by President Barack Obama. Schmidt was
speaking at the RSA Security Conference in San Francisco, an annual
industry conference for computer security professionals.
The government's Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative was
launched in 2008 by President George W. Bush under a shroud of secrecy.
The plan has 12 directives that cover the government's strategy to
protect U.S. networks - including military, civilian, government
networks and critical infrastructure systems - as well as the
government's offensive strategy to combat cyber warfare.
Civil libertarians criticized the Bush administration for failing to
disclose the contents of the plan or allowing independent oversight of
its implementation. Schmidt said that Obama recognized the need for some
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