This post is part of a continuing DBR on Data series on Executive Order 13800 and updates on its implementation a year after passage.
The U.S. Department of Commerce and the Department of Homeland Security, through the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), has released the final report on enhancing the resilience of the Internet and communications ecosystem against botnets and automated distributed threats.
This is the first post in a DBR on Data series on Executive Order 13800 and updates on its implementation a year after passage.
The White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) released in May 2018 its report to the president on federal cybersecurity risk determination. The report, which responds to the President’s May 2017 Executive Order 13800, entitled “Strengthening the Cybersecurity of Federal Networks and Critical Infrastructure,” comes as several key reports also required by Executive Order 13800 have been recently released in full or in summary form. The Federal Cybersecurity Risk Determination Report and Action Plan concludes that the recent government-wide cybersecurity risk assessment conducted by the OMB, in collaboration with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), confirms the need for the U.S. government to take “bold approaches” to improve federal cybersecurity.
The Secretaries of the Department of Commerce and the Department of Homeland Security, through the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), in early January 2018 issued a draft report to further public discussion about enhancing the resilience of the Internet and communications ecosystem against botnets and other automated distributed threats. This report continues work initiated under Presidential Executive Order 13800, “Strengthening the Cyber Security of Federal Networks and Critical Infrastructure.” The report seeks additional public comment on known and evolving risks within and to the ecosystem and aims to forge consensus on what approaches warrant consideration for the government either to adopt or to encourage. Commenters are asked to evaluate a range of proposed goals and actions to achieve a more resilient ecosystem as well as to address the roles various stakeholders play in achieving and maintaining resiliency of the ecosystem nationally and globally. Comments are due on the draft report by February 12, 2018 and the final report is due the president by May 11, 2018.
Six principal themes emerged from the government’s analysis of prior comments on identifying and mitigating botnet and other cyber threats, namely that:
- Automated distributed attacks are a global problem;
- While effective tools exist, they are not widely used
- Products should be secured during all stages of their life cycle.;
- Improved education and awareness are necessary;
- Current market incentives are misaligned; and
- Automated distributed attacks are an ecosystem-wide challenge.