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2 national action: Cybersecurity and critical infrastructure protection

September 25th, 2007 · No Comments ·

Last week, we posted a story about the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) hosting an open one-day workshop on:

– frameworks for national action: Cybersecurity and critical information infrastructure protection in Geneva.

1 national action: Cybersecurity and critical infrastructure protection

national cybersecurity efforts
Most nations have begun to undertake efforts to raise information security awareness while focusing on improving the country’s cybersecurity culture. But does the left hand know what the right hand is doing?
We present an outline that will systematize your efforts when doing an inventory about your national cybersecurity efforts.

The session began with a presentation by Joseph P. Richerdson and Daniel C. Hurley that presented:- Management Framework for Organizing National Cybersecurity Efforts

The model was based on five areas including:

– National Strategy

– Government-Industry Collaboration

– Deterring Cybercrime

– Incident Managmeent Capabilities, as well as

– Culture of Cybersecurity

This work is a living document that will continue to change over the next few months. Nonetheless, the framework is useful to anybody tasked with providing an overview of what national efforts have been undertaken regarding cybersecurity. The framework can be the basis for a comprehensive checklist to determine what was done or what will require addressing.

DOWNLOAD this 2 page pdf document – it’s a true gem for getting your facts ready before talking to policy makers and those who might not be geeks:

Framework for National Cybersecruity Efforts by Critical Infrastructure Protection – U.S. Department of Commerce – National Telecommunications and Information Administration

Besides helping one to do an inventory systematically, the above document also provides you some interesting links where you can get additional information and documents regarding your country’s cybersecurity efforts for its communication infrastructure.

While some of these suggestions may already be known to you, others might be new. As well, since this is a U.S. document its focus is on North America with some international material, such as OECD or from countries down-under. Nonetheless, the document is a good point of departure if one needs to do some similar work while trying to figure out what activities are already being undertaken to improve awareness about cybersecurity and cybercrime issues.

The presentations during the morning also pointed out that work on a country’s national strategy is a shared responsibilitiy whereby all ‘participants’ (users, industry, government agencies, etc.) have to do their part to protect our infrastructure.

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