Making IT happen
By Joe Ariganello
The Biden-Harris Administration has released the National Cybersecurity Strategy Implementation Plan (NCSIP), outlining its commitment to improving cybersecurity in America. The plan focuses on two primary shifts: allocating more responsibility for mitigating cyber risk to capable entities in the public and private sectors and increasing incentives for long-term investments in cybersecurity.
The NCSIP includes over 65 federal initiatives across five pillars to increase cybersecurity investment, assign federal agencies to specific initiatives, and establish timelines. Eighteen federal departments and agencies have been assigned these responsibilities with the Office of the National Cyber Director (ONCD), Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Department of Defense, Department of Justice, Department of State, Department of Homeland Security, and the FBI taking on more responsibility than others. In addition, ONCD and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) will oversee these efforts, each issuing future funding proposals such as the Administration Cybersecurity Priorities for the FY 2025 Budget.
The plan highlights the Biden Administration’s commitment to defending against cyber threats and willingness to collaborate with stakeholders, including the private sector, civil society, international partners, Congress, and state, local, Tribal, and territorial governments. The Administration recognizes the importance of working together and seeks input to align cybersecurity regulations.
This plan is a significant step in pursuing national cyber security protection as it clarifies how to execute it by establishing detailed timelines for each tasked agency responsible for completion. One important thing to note is that this plan doesn’t include any cybersecurity funding but instead serves as a roadmap for implementation going forward.
1. Defending Critical Infrastructure: The plan includes updating the National Cyber Incident Response Plan to ensure coordinated action during cyber incidents.
2. Disrupting and Dismantling Threat Actors: Efforts will be made to combat ransomware and other cybercrimes through the Joint Ransomware Task Force and disruption operations against the ransomware ecosystem.
3. Shaping Market Forces and Driving Security and Resilience: The plan emphasizes increasing software transparency through a Software Bill of Materials (SBOM) and driving key cybersecurity standards.
4. Investing in a Resilient Future: The plan aims to drive key cybersecurity standards and enhance U.S. federal agency participation in international cybersecurity standardization.
5. Forging International Partnerships to Pursue Shared Goals: The Department of State will publish an International Cyberspace and Digital Policy Strategy to promote collaboration with partners and allies.
The NCSIP is a living document that will be updated annually. It reflects the Administration’s commitment to a more resilient, equitable, and defensible cyberspace and its efforts to protect American infrastructure, clean energy sector, and technology and manufacturing base.
The Biden administration has focused relentlessly on improving the United States’ cyber defenses, building a comprehensive approach to “lock our digital doors” and take aggressive action to strengthen and safeguard our nation’s cybersecurity. The administration has released the National Cybersecurity Strategy to secure the full benefits of a safe and secure digital ecosystem for all Americans. The strategy calls for two fundamental shifts in how the United States allocates cybersecurity roles, responsibilities, and resources. The first shift is to prioritize cybersecurity as a national security issue. The second shift is to focus on securing the digital ecosystem rather than just individual components.
The administration has also taken several actions to foster a “defensible, resilient ecosystem,” including:
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The National Cybersecurity Strategy Implementation Plan outlines the Biden-Harris Administration’s commitment to improving cybersecurity in America. The plan includes a roadmap of initiatives led by federal agencies, focusing on critical areas such as defending infrastructure, disrupting threat actors, shaping market forces, investing in resilience, and forging international partnerships. The plan emphasizes collaboration and transparency, with the Office of the National Cyber Director coordinating activities and providing regular updates on implementation progress. This plan demonstrates the Administration’s dedication to a more secure and resilient cyberspace for all Americans.
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