May 28, 2009
CDT welcomed recommendations laid out in the Administration's cybersecurity report released today. The recommendations show attentiveness to the concerns of privacy and civil liberties groups and a commitment by the White House to develop its cybersecurity privacy policies in a collaborative manner. CDT was most encouraged by the recommendation of a cybersecurity official being based in the White House as opposed to having NSA shoulder the primary responsibilities for critical non-military networks. The report gives the government enough flexibility to carry out its recommendations without resorting to the blunt instrument of heavy-handed regulation; however, there are many policy decisions still to come and each deserves a watchful eye. CDT also hopes for a continued commitment to the open and transparent process that guided the creation of the report.