Entries in Strategy for International Cybersecurity (2)


White House Unveils Strategy to Stem Trade Secret Theft

CamEl Creative/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The White House announced its strategy to protect against trade secret theft Wednesday, just one day after a report indicated a Chinese military unit may be responsible for a string of cyber attacks on American infrastructure and corporations.

“The theft of trade secrets impacts national security, undermines our global competitiveness, diminishes U.S. exports process and puts American jobs at risk,” Victoria Espinel, U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator, said at a White House meeting on Wednesday. “As an administration, we will be vigilant in addressing threats, including corporate and state-sponsored trade secret theft, that jeopardize our status as the world’s leader for innovation. We will act vigorously to combat theft of U.S. trade secrets that could be used by foreign companies or by foreign governments to gain an unfair economic edge.”

Attorney General Eric Holder echoed the sentiment, saying the U.S. needs to increase cooperation and coordination “between partners at every level of government [and] improve engagement with the corporations represented in this room today.” He added that “continuing technological expansion and accelerating globalization” will only lead to a dramatic “increase in the threat posed by trade secret theft in the years ahead.”

The administration’s plan calls for a more aggressive diplomatic push to convey concerns to countries with high incidents of trade secret thefts. It also calls for working with the private sector, increasing coordination within the law enforcement and intelligence community, ensuring laws are as effective as possible, and continuing to raise public awareness of the threats trade secret thefts pose to the country.

There was no mention Wednesday of the report that linked a Chinese military unit to cyber attacks against companies in the United States, but officials did cite cases of previous incidents with China involving trade secret theft.

“With respect to China, protection of intellectual property and trade secrets remains a serious and highly troubling issue,” said Under Secretary of State Robert Hormats, who emphasized China is not the only country involved in trade secret theft. “That’s why cyber security and protection of IPR and trade secrets are among the main items that we have discussed with the Chinese over the years in our annual strategic dialogue that we hold with the Chinese.”

Last week, the president issued an executive order that directed federal agencies to share information about electronic threats with companies working on U.S. infrastructure and required the development of a framework of cybersecurity practices to protect against risks to critical infrastructure.

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Obama Administration Unveils Strategy for International Cybersecurity

John Foxx/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The Obama administration's first-of-its-kind “International Strategy For Cyberspace” details the White House's vision for a secure Internet and calls for tougher global standards for cybersecurity, but while long on goals, the strategy falls short on specifics.

The cyberspace envisioned by the administration is defined broadly by four characteristics: open to innovation, interoperable the world over, secure enough to earn people’s trust, and reliable enough to support their work. To realize this future the strategy calls for enhanced diplomacy, defense and development.

“The United States will work internationally to promote an open, interoperable, secure and reliable information and communications infrastructure that supports international trade and commerce, strengthens international security, and fosters free expression and innovation,” Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said at a White House event Monday afternoon to launch the new strategy.
“To achieve that goal we will build and sustain an environment in which norms of responsible behavior guide states’ actions, sustain partnerships, and support the rule of law in cyberspace,” she said.

The strategy released Monday articulates for the first time the principles that guide the government’s cybersecurity efforts.

“This is a strategy that goes beyond any single department or agency. It is not an implementation plan for a particular program or a particular part of government. It is about the principles that unite our nation, the vision that unites our policy and the priorities that unite our government,” Assistant to the President for Counterterrorism and Homeland Security John Brennan said.

The administration envisions an international coalition to heighten global defenses against cyber attacks and protect Internet freedoms. The strategy calls for international cybersecurity standards and emphasizes consequences for "hostile acts in cyberspace."

The wide scope of the strategy was evident in the range of speakers at Monday’s event.  Attorney General Eric Holder, Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, Deputy Secretary of Defense William Lynn and White House Cybersecurity Coordinator Howard Schmidt also spoke at the event.
The State, Defense, Homeland Security, Commerce and Justice Departments will all participate in shaping the strategy going forward. According to Brennan, in six months the White House will assess the agencies' progress at meeting the policy goals outlined in the plan.

Last week the administration sent Congress the first-ever cybersecurity legislative proposal, and on Monday Brennan reiterated that the administration is eager to work with Congress to enact a cybersecurity bill.

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