U.S cybersecurity review 30-day update: hearing scheduled March 10

us_capitol_domeA much-anticipated cybersecurity update will be delivered to Congress next week by Melissa Hathaway, the military collaboration expert assigned by President Obama to conduct a 60-day review of U.S.  cybersecurity policy.

Hathaway is nearly half way into her assignment. Her status report to the House Subcommittee on Emerging Threats, Cybersecurity, Science & Technology is titled “Reviewing the Federal Cybersecurity Mission,” and is set for March 10, 2 p.m. EDT, in room 311 of the Cannon House Office Building.

“The review seems to be in really great shape,” says Jim Lewis, director and senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. “They really have scoped out the problem pretty well.”

Lewis led a bi-partisan commission, comprised of senators and security experts, that spend more than a year studying cyber threats and coming to consensus on this thick stack of cybersecurity recommendations  for Obama.

“This process is adding real toughness to the national approach,” says Alan Paller,(see Zoom link) research director of security think tank The SANS Institue. He anticipates “far more emphasis on regulations with teeth” and smarter spending of the federal government’s $70 billion IT budget.

“I think you’ll see a new clarity of purpose and priorities that don’t try to please everyone,” says Paller.

Lewis says he thinks Hathaway will present several options for the president and Congress to go beyond locking down government systems. The committee should be receptive. “They’ve made the mental decision that it (U.S. cybersecurity policies) does have to be broader, but they’re interested in knowing just how they can engage the private sector to protect the infractructure,” says Lewis, who will also testify.

Other witnesses scheduled to speak include the GAO’s Dave Powner, Microsoft’s Scott Charney, Oracle’s Mary Ann Davidson and NetWitness CEO Amit Yoran.

Weblink to the hearing is on homeland.house.gov website.

–Byron Acohido

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