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The National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace For Comment - Draft
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Input at all levels is critical to the development of the National Strategy. Please email your comments to: feedback@who.eop.gov.

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President's Critical Infrastructure
Protection Board
September 18, 2002

Subject: A National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace

President Bush directed the development of a National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace to ensure that America has a clear roadmap to protect a part of its infrastructure so essential to our way of life. The draft of that road map was developed in close collaboration with key sectors of the economy that rely on cyberspace, State, and local governments, colleges and universities, and concerned organizations. Click here to download the draft.

Sector groups developed their own strategies to protect the parts of cyberspace on which they rely. They are made available online today. Additional recently-formed sector groups have initiated the process of developing their own strategies. Town hall meetings were held around the country, and fifty-three clusters of key questions were published to spark public debate. Even more input is needed. This unique partnership and process is necessary because the majority of the country's cyber resources are controlled by entities outside of government. For the Strategy to work, it must be a plan to which a broad cross-section of the country is committed.

Eight more town hall meetings will be held around the country in the next few weeks to further solicit and receive the views of concerned citizens. Public comment on the Draft Strategy to Secure Cyberspace can be made by emailing your comments to feedback@who.eop.gov. The National Infrastructure Advisory Committee, leaders from the concerned sectors of industry, academia and State and local governments will add their comments and advice to those received from the town hall meetings and this web site. After consideration of this additional input, it is expected that the initial Strategy will be put in final form for issuance in the next several months.

Technology will continue to change rapidly, and new vulnerabilities and threats will be uncovered. Elements of our present programs may be determined to be ineffective in the future. America's cybersecurity Strategy must be dynamic and continually refreshed to adapt to the changing environment.

For the foreseeable future, two things will be true: America will rely upon cyberspace and the Federal government will seek a continuing broad partnership to develop, implement and refine a National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace. We invite your comments on the proposed Draft Strategy. Please share your input and expertise. Please submit your comments by November 18, 2002.

Richard A. Clarke Howard A. Schmidt

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