The curtain was pulled back Tuesday on portions of a secret US cyber defense strategy crafted during the administration of former president George W. Bush.
White House Internet security coordinator Howard Schmidt described bits of the strategy at the RSA cybersecurity conference here, saying the revelation was part of a promise of transparency by US President Barack Obama.
Parts of a Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative (CNCI) declassified by Obama became available mid-day online at whitehouse.gov/cybersecurity.
“We can’t ask industry to help government and government can’t help industry if we don’t have transparency,” Schmidt said while making the announcement. “It gives the American people the ability to partner with their government.”
Each of 12 initiatives in the plan are available for download.
Schmidt said he hoped releasing declassified versions of the strategy would drive alliances between government cyber warriors and security firms, academics and others skilled in the field.
“Our collective knowledge is out biggest strength,” Schmidt said. “We will not beat our adversaries because they are weak; we will beat them because we become stronger.”
CNCI was crafted as the result of a presidential directive signed by Bush in January of 2008. Its budget remains a mystery but is estimated to be in the tens of billions of dollars.