Panel calls for quick ac­tion on hack­ers

Com­mis­sion cy­ber­se­cu­rity re­port wants Trump moves in 100 days.

The Denver Post - - NATION & WORLD - By Tami Ab­dol­lah and Dar­lene Su­perville

washington» A pres­i­den­tial com­mis­sion on Fri­day made 16 ur­gent rec­om­men­da­tions to im­prove the na­tion’s cy­ber­se­cu­rity, in­clud­ing cre­at­ing a nu­tri­tional-type la­bel to help con­sumers shop wisely and ap­point­ing a new in­ter­na­tional am­bas­sador on the sub­ject — weeks be­fore Pres­i­den­t­elect Don­ald Trump takes of­fice.

The re­lease of the 100-page re­port fol­lows the worst hack­ing of U.S. govern­ment sys­tems in his­tory and ac­cu­sa­tions by the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion that Rus­sia med­dled in the U.S. pres­i­den­tial elec­tion by hack­ing Democrats.

The Pres­i­den­tial Com­mis­sion on En­hanc­ing Na­tional Cy­ber­se­cu­rity urged im­me­di­ate ac­tion within two to five years and sug­gested the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion con­sider act­ing on some pro­pos­als within its first 100 days.

The com­mis­sion rec­om­mended that Trump cre­ate an as­sis­tant to the pres­i­dent for cy­ber­se­cu­rity, who would re­port through the na­tional se­cu­rity ad­viser, and es­tab­lish an am­bas­sador for cy­ber­se­cu­rity, who would lead ef­forts to cre­ate in­ter­na­tional rules. It urged steps, such as get­ting rid of tra­di­tional pass­words, to end the threat of iden­tity theft by 2021 and said Trump’s ad­min­is­tra­tion should train 100,000 new cy­ber­se­cu­rity work­ers by 2020.

Other ideas in­cluded help­ing con­sumers to judge prod­ucts us­ing an in­de­pen­dent nu­tri­tional-type la­bel for tech­nol­ogy prod­ucts and ser­vices.

“What we’ve been do­ing over the last 15 to 20 years sim­ply isn’t work­ing, and the prob­lem isn’t go­ing to be fixed sim­ply by adding more money,” said Steven Chabin­sky, a com­mis­sion mem­ber and the global chair of the data, pri­vacy and cy­ber­se­cu­rity prac­tice for White & Case LLP, an in­ter­na­tional law firm.

He said the group wanted the bur­den of cy­ber­se­cu­rity “moved away from ev­ery com­puter user and han­dled at higher lev­els,” in­clud­ing in­ter­net providers and prod­uct de­vel­op­ers who could en­sure se­cu­rity by de­fault and de­sign “for ev­ery­one’s ben­e­fit.”

The White House re­quested the re­port in Fe­bru­ary and in­tended it to serve as a tran­si­tion memo for the next pres­i­dent. The com­mis­sion in­cluded 12 of what the White House de­scribed as the bright­est minds in busi­ness, academia, tech­nol­ogy and se­cu­rity. It was led by Tom Donilon, Obama’s for­mer na­tional se­cu­rity ad­viser.

The panel stud­ied shar­ing in­for­ma­tion with pri­vate com­pa­nies about cy­ber threats, the lack of tal­ented Amer­i­can se­cu­rity en­gi­neers and dis­trust of the U.S. govern­ment by pri­vate busi­nesses, es­pe­cially in Sil­i­con Val­ley.

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