White House Declassifies Cyber Security Plan

Portions of the multi-billion-dollar Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative launched by the Bush administration to defend American interests in cyberspace have been declassified by the Obama Administration, reports Computerworld.

According to Wired News, the declassified portion of CNCI only offers information on part of the effort. It does not discuss cyberwarfare. Instead, the plan discusses the deployment of Einstein 2 and Einstein 3, intrusion detection systems.

Speaking at the RSA conference, White House Internet security adviser Howard A. Schmidt said users will be able to go to whitehouse.gov/cybersecurity and download the unclassified description of the CNCI and each of the 12 initiatives, which this InformationWeek article lists.

The decision to lift the veil of secrecy on CNCI was made as part of the administration’s commitment to open government and transparency.

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