excerpt from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Above the Fold.

Ann M. Beauchesne, Senior Vice President, National Security & Emergency Preparedness Department

Last December, owing to strong bipartisan majorities in Congress and a strong, organized push by industry, President Barack Obama signed landmark legislation to bolster cooperation and cyber threat information sharing between government and industry. Since then, many cyber observers have speculated on what policymakers would address next.

As part of the president’s fiscal year 2017 budget, his administration laid out its cybersecurity priorities. The Cybersecurity National Action Plan (CNAP) features short- and long-term initiatives to tackle the nation’s cyber vulnerabilities.

It is good to see these next steps unveiled as our cyber adversaries continue to steal industry trade secrets and millions of Americans’ personal information. The estimated impact of their criminal activity to the global economy is $445 billion. Cyber threats must be addressed by this administration and the next.

CNAP recognizes that the private sector can shape, in close collaboration with the public sector, voluntary and flexible cybersecurity programs. Key elements of CNAP that industry needs to know:

  • Commission on Enhancing National Cyber Security
  • Information Technology Modernization Fund (ITMF)
  • Federal Chief Information Security Officer (CISO)
  • Federal Cyber Workforce Development
  • Privacy Executive Order (EO) 

Read the entire aritcle here: https://www.uschamber.com/above-the-fold/cyber-next-steps-road-map-tackle-our-nation-s-vulnerabilities