Jeb Bush unveils cybersecurity plan

September 16, 2015

David Jackson


Two days before the second Republican debate, Jeb Bush unveiled a cybersecurity plan Monday that he cast partly in terms of economics.

“If people have no confidence their information will remain safe online, they will — quite simply — be less willing to use the Internet, thereby jeopardizing future growth possibilities,” Bush wrote in a Medium post.

The former Florida governor, who spoke with tech leaders in Seattle to promote the plan, cited a report saying that the Internet accounted for 15% of the nation’s economic growth in the years 2004-09.

His plan calls for a “command focus” on cybersecurity; more “accountability” from the federal government; more funding and better international cooperation of cybersecurity projects; and creation of “public-private partnerships” to battle cyber threats.

Bush’s proposal also calls for removing “barriers to innovation in the tech industry,” writing that “the government’s power to incentivize and empower must take precedence over its predilection to regulate and constrain.”

In his Medium post, Bush cited “a series of high-profile cybersecurity failures and the Obama administration’s feeble response” to them, including a massive attack on the Office of Personnel Management.

He did not mention a prominent organization accused of attempted hacks on the United States: The Chinese government.

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