National strategy for protecting cyberspace due Sept. 11

National strategy for protecting cyberspace due Sept. 11

The President's Critical Infrastructure Board plans to release its National Strategy for Defending Cyberspace Sept. 11 in the Silicon Valley, board chairman Richard Clarke said.

The document, which will outline a broad agenda for protecting national and global information resources, will be a companion piece to the president's National Strategy for Homeland Security, released yesterday.

The strategy is being developed largely from input from the private sector, which owns and operates the vast majority of the nation's information infrastructure. It will stress the need for cooperation between the public and private sectors in establishing standards and best practices for securing information, systems and networks.

The strategy is expected to be completed by the end of this month. Clarke said the current draft contains 77 recommendations for action in five areas. 'We'll see how many of those survive,' he said.

Areas covered in the strategy are:

  • home users and small businesses

  • major enterprise networks

  • economic sectors, such as government, financial services and transportation

  • national and global issues.
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