Federal Government Cybersecurity Progress:
Obama Administration Report Card 2009-Present

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Federal Government Cybersecurity Progress:
Obama Administration Report Card 2009-Present

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The National Security Cyberspace Institute conducted a report card of Obama's progress conducting the recommendations found in the 60-day Cyberspace Policy Review. in 2009. The NSCI graded President Obama (A-F) on the recommendations given in the Cyberspace Policy Review. The grades were fairly mixed. While there were several B's, they also gave President Obama D's and C's.

The NSC does believe that progress is being made and recognizes that not everything can be "fixed" in two years. Yet based on the grades given, more work needs to be done. During President Obama's speech announcing the 60 day review, he said, "In short, America's economic prosperity in the 21st century will depend on cybersecurity," while describing the cyber threat as "one of the most serious economic and national security challenges we face as a nation."

If cybersecurity is "one of the most serious...challenges we face as a nation," it could be argued that the administration is not taking defense as seriously as they say. Although, due to various physical wars, natural disasters, etc., perhaps cybersecurity has to take the backseat since cyberwar is not causing any permanent or physical damage to anyone. 

Going through President Obama's Cyberspace Policy Review, Policy Collection and Current Law and Treaties collections before reading this report card will provide context and background for the grades given.

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January 18, 2011

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Jim Ed Crouch, "Federal Government Cybersecurity Progress: Obama Administration Report Card 2009-Present," in Cyberwar Resources Guide, Item #169, https://www.projectcyw-d.org/resources/items/show/169 (accessed November 28, 2021).