Transition Watch: Cybersecurity will be high on Obama's to-do list

Some tough cybersecurity tasks that the outgoing Bush administration has not or will not complete should be at the top of the Obama administration's IT security agenda, according to Computerworld.

Fixing them will require a shift in focus away from one strictly tied to the post-Sept. 11 war against terrorism and to one more attuned to fostering greater collaboration between the public and private sectors, as well as using the government’s acquisition muscle to force changes among vendors and service providers.

Progress has been made in certain areas, officials claim, but others say that much more needs to be done, Computerworld reports.

About the Author

Brian Robinson is a freelance writer based in Portland, Ore.

Featured

  • Cybersecurity

    DHS floats 'collective defense' model for cybersecurity

    Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen wants her department to have a more direct role in defending the private sector and critical infrastructure entities from cyberthreats.

  • Defense
    Defense Secretary James Mattis testifies at an April 12 hearing of the House Armed Services Committee.

    Mattis: Cloud deal not tailored for Amazon

    On Capitol Hill, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis sought to quell "rumors" that the Pentagon's planned single-award cloud acquisition was designed with Amazon Web Services in mind.

  • Census
    shutterstock image

    2020 Census to include citizenship question

    The Department of Commerce is breaking with recent practice and restoring a question about respondent citizenship last used in 1950, despite being urged not to by former Census directors and outside experts.

Stay Connected

FCW Update

Sign up for our newsletter.

I agree to this site's Privacy Policy.