us: Think tank panel recommends that feds make major cybersecurity changes

[IDG] The U.S. government should overhaul its approach to cybersecurity by imposing sweeping new regulations on businesses and creating a centralized cybersecurity office in the White House, an outside group of experts recommended today.The White House office is needed because the Department of Homeland Security isn’t equipped to protect the federal government against cyberattacks, according to a report issued by a cybersecurity commission that was set up last year by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). Many members of the Commission on Cyber Security for the 44th Presidency “felt that leaving any cyber function at DHS would doom that function to failure,” according to the report. Presses to Bolster Security in Cyberspace
License plates may be coming to cyberspace.”Securing Cyberspace for the 44th Presidency,” a report by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (pdf)A government and technology industry panel on cyber-security is recommending that the federal government end its reliance on passwords and enforce what the industry describes as “strong authentication.”Such an approach would probably mean that all government computer users would have to hold a device to gain access to a network computer or online service. The commission is also encouraging all nongovernmental commercial services use such a device. report offers Obama assorted recommendations
A congressionally sponsored study conducted by the Center for Strategic and International Studies, made public on Monday, recommends everything from the creation of a the National Office for Cyberspace outside the authority of the Department of Homeland Security to maintaining “sufficient manufacturing capabilities” at home to supply components and software that is not dependent on a global supply chain.On the issue of the US Department of Homeland Security and maintaining cybersecurity, the comprehensive 64-page report, titled Securing Cyberspace in the 44th Presidency, was emphatic. White House Should Take Lead In Cybersecurity
President-elect Barack Obama should take leadership of the U.S. cybersecurity effort, tie together the disparate federal initiatives, and expand regulation of cyberspace, according to recommendations issued today by the Commission on Cyber Security for the 44th Presidency.The Commission was formed in August 2007 — long before the election — and has been studying the problem under the auspices of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) for more than a year. Co-chaired by U.S. Reps. Jim Langevin (D-R.I.) and Michael McCaul (D-Texas), it was formed expressly by members of Congress to study the U.S. cybersecurity problem and make recommendations to the next president on how to proceed. says White House should oversee cybersecurity efforts
The White House, not the Office of Management and Budget or the Homeland Security Department, should take the lead role in managing the government’s cybersecurity program, according a report for the Obama administration released by a nonpartisan cybersecurity commission Monday.By placing the primary responsibility for cybersecurity in the White House, federal agencies will take a comprehensive strategy more seriously, said Jim Lewis, the program manager for the Commission on Cybersecurity for the 44th Presidency, who released the report. Losing Cyberspace Security Battle
A new cybersecurity report released on Monday by the Center for Strategic & International Studies Commission on Cybersecurity for the 44th Presidency warns that America is losing the battle to protect cyberspace.The CSIS report, “Securing Cyberspace for the 44th Presidency,” states that cybersecurity “is a strategic issue on par with weapons of mass destruction and global jihad” and that it “can no longer be relegated to information technology offices and chief information officers.” News Daily Podcast: Behind DHS’ failing grade on cybersecurity
A nonpartisan report on cybersecurity recommends that President-elect Barack Obama create an office in the White House focused on cyberspace which would be headed by an assistant to the president. But the report offers a worried look at the current state of the nation’s cyberdefenses, describing the challenge as one of the most urgent national security problems facing the new administration. We check in with CNET News’ Stephanie Condon to find out more.

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