Strategic Cybersecurity: Advice for America’s 45th President

The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Cyber Policy Task Force has unveiled their recommendations for the 45th Presidency.

The report found that the two main goals of cybersecurity strategy remain unchanged: “to create a secure and stable digital environment that supports continued economic growth while protecting personal freedoms and national security.” However, the task force identified five issues the incoming administration must address differently in order to achieve those goals:

  1. Creation of a new international strategy for a new security environment
  2. Renewed effort to address cyber crime
  3. Acceleration of critical infrastructure protection
  4. Identification of public and private sector roles
  5. Clarification of DHS’ organizational role in cyber defense

A key point of the report is the rapid change taking place within this threat environment, and a need for the new administration’s policies to change along with it. Specifically, the “erosion of American influence and the arrival of assertive challengers” necessitate a reassessment of old policies to strengthen American cyber defense. The report calls for a strategic approach to assessing vulnerabilities and risk “by estimating the value of a target to our opponents” and changing organizational behavior by using various incentives.

The full report can be found in the HSDL here.

Working Group Discussion Papers and recommendations from both the East Coast and West Coast Working Groups also contributed to these findings.

House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX) and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) gave comments at a press conference, which can be viewed here.