IT Execs Join Federal Cybersecurity Panel

April 28, 2016

John K. Higgins

Key components of the Obama administration's multipronged cybersecurity initiative keep falling into place.

One of the most recent developments was the formation of a federal Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity. Another was the formal introduction in Congress of the administration's information technology investment plan, which is heavily tilted toward cybersecurity protection. Both are elements of the Cybersecurity National Action Plan, or CNAP, which was launched earlier this year.

Earlier this month, President Obama appointed 12 people to the commission, including representatives from private sector IT companies such as Microsoft, IBM, Facebook, CrowdStrike and Frontier Communications.

The goal of the panel is to make recommend actions that can be taken over the next decade to enhance cybersecurity awareness and protections throughout government and the private sector, according to a White House statement.

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