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Assessment of U.S. Cybersecurity Management
Strategy Research Project
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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In early 2009, President Obama declared cyber threat as one of the most serious economic and national security challenges of the 21st century. In May 2009, he directed the U.S. Government Accountability Office GAO to review national level cybersecurity policies and procedures. Findings indicated two critical shortfalls lack of leadership and lack of clearly defined roles among federal agencies. Although a new Special Assistant to the President and Cybersecurity Coordinator was appointed within the White House three years ago to lead federal agencies in cyber collaboration and synchronization, the overall assessment given by GAO indicates cybersecurity management at the national level needs much improvement. The purpose of this paper is threefold 1 to identify the different roles, responsibilities, and authorities of cybersecurity management within the U.S. Government 2 to assess the national level cybersecurity management program for efficiencies and effectiveness and 3 to provide strategic options on ways to improve overall cybersecurity management which leads to effective protection and operations of U.S. networks and information in a resource constrained environment.
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