White House Releases National Cyber Strategy

Today, the Office of the National Cyber Director in the White House released a new National Cybersecurity Strategy, charting a regulatory pathway and opportunities for increased funding and investment to strengthen cyber resiliency in critical infrastructure sectors. The strategy also seeks to shift the responsibility of cybersecurity efforts beyond end users by holding companies and service providers more accountable for failures to secure software and related technology.
The strategy maps out five main pillars of focus:
  • Defend Critical Infrastructure
  • Disrupt and Dismantle Threat Actors
  • Shape Market Forces to Drive Security and Resilience
  • Invest in a Resilient Future
  • Forge International Partnerships to Pursue Shared Goals
On the regulatory front, the strategy promises Federal agencies “will use existing authorities to set necessary cybersecurity requirements in critical sectors. Where Federal departments and agencies have gaps in statutory authorities to implement minimum cybersecurity requirements or mitigate related market failures, the Administration will work with Congress to close them.”
The White House will unveil a corresponding implementation plan in the coming months. ASDWA will continue to track any developments.