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Thursday, December 4, 2008

The Goals of the National Cyber Security Initiative

Even though many parts of the activities under the Cyber Security Initiative are classified, here are some of the outlined the initial goals of the initiative.

The Goals of the National Cyber Security Initiative:
* Reducing and consolidating the thousands of federal network Internet connections under the Trusted Internet Connections initiative. Reducing the number of connections to fewer than 100 could enable better control and monitoring of activities.

* Using the certification and accreditation authority of the Office and Management and Budget under the Federal Information Security Management Act to ensure that agencies establish watch-and-warning capabilities on their networks on a 24/7 basis, to improve cyber incident detection and response capabilities.

*Developing a faster process for detecting and responding to anomalous behavior on global networks, so that attacks can be spotted in a matter of minutes, not hours.

*Fully developing the potential of Einstein, the system used by US-CERT to spot problems on global networks.

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