The United States President’s Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity has delivered a report on Securing and Growing the Digital Economy. The Presidential Commission was formed in April, 2016 to develop a plan for protecting cyberspace, and America’s economic reliance on it.
The published report, which was completed on 1st December, 2016, provides a set of detailed short-term and long-term recommendations to strengthen cybersecurity in both the public and private sectors, while protecting privacy, fostering innovation and ensuring economic and national security. To develop their recommendations, the commissioners consulted technical and policy experts, solicited input from the public through open hearings and a request for information, and reviewed existing literature. The report is available to download.
The report emphasizes the need for partnerships between the public and private sectors, as well as international engagement. It also discusses the role consumers must play in enhancing our digital security. The report categorizes its recommendations within six overarching imperatives focused on infrastructure, investment, consumer education, workforce capabilities, government operations and requirements for a fair and open global digital economy.
The twelve-person Commission, with representative from industry, academia, and former government officials, was chaired by Tom Donilon and its Vice Chair was Sam Palmisano. One of the appointed Commissioners is Professor Ana I. Antón, Chair of the School of Interactive Computing, Georgia Institute of Technology. Georgia Institute of Technology is one of the partners of the H2020 DISCOVERY project, which just held their Transatlantic ICT Forum Workshop on 16-17th November, 2016 in Brussels.