Reviewing the Federal Cybersecurity Mission

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Reviewing the Federal Cybersecurity Mission


Dr. James A. Lewis made a statement which reviews the Federal Cybersecurity Mission for the The House Committee on Homeland Security Subcommittee on Emerging Threats, Cybersecurity, and Science and Technology. He commends President Obama for asking the National Security Council to take a 60 day review of the nation's approach to cybersecurity. However, Lewis states that the United States is still in pretty bad shape. He summarizes a list of the 60 day review's recommendations and pays particular attention to governance and regulation.

The CSIS (Center for Strategic and International Studies) suggests that the White House should be the only authority to govern and bring a variety of groups together. Lewis concludes that even though the nation is in bad cybersecurity shape, there are great opportunities to become a more secure nation.

Lewis speaks for the CSIS and lays out the downfalls of some previous policies, while providing new ways of handling cyber issues. He remarks that more needs to be done to protect the country's infrastructure. Laced within his statement is the assumption that the United States is at risk and the nation's leaders must figure out a more effective strategy against cyber attacks. Lewis did not provide evidence for the dangers of cyber attacks; he just discussed about what the United States can do to stop them.

The Policy Collection provides a number of United States' policies and policy reviews regarding cyberwar.



March 10, 2009


Legislative Body

House of Representatives (US Congress)



James A. Lewis, "Reviewing the Federal Cybersecurity Mission ," in Cyberwar Resources Guide, Item #91, (accessed November 30, 2021).