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Obama Administration Outlines International Strategy For Cyberspace

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President Obama with Howard A. Schmidt

White House photo by Lawrence Jackson

President Obama recently released an international strategy for cyberspace security that focuses on developing rules for responsible state behavior with the goal of promoting a secure, open Internet and other important computer networks.

The strategy is the first time an administration has attempted to outline the U.S. government's goals for cyberspace in one document. It states that expanded access to secure networks is critical to economic prosperity, an argument that aims to serve as a guide for more detailed policies.

"This is just the beginning of a conversation within governments, between governments, the private sector, and beyond," says White House cybersecurity coordinator Howard Schmidt.

The international strategy builds on a speech Obama gave two years ago in which he stated that "we will ensure that these networks are secure, trustworthy, and resilient." He said the United States and other nations will "oppose those who would seek to disrupt networks and systems, dissuading and deterring malicious actors, and reserving the right to defend these vital national assets as necessary and appropriate."

The new plan also calls for the United States to help other countries improve their abilities to defend their networks and facilitate an open Internet.

From The Washington Post
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