Obama Proposes Global Cybersecurity Plan

The Obama administration proposed a global cybersecurity plan, asking other countries to work together to prevent theft of information, protect intellectual property and encourage cooperation between law enforcement agencies when investigating cybercrime.

The International Strategy for Cyberspace, announced at a White House event, calls for the U.S. government to work with other countries to protect intellectual property, deemed as economically and strategically significant as real-world infrastructure.

According to a fact sheet released by the White House, the U.S. will respond to cyber-hostilities “as we would any other threat to our country,” through diplomatic, informational, military and economic means.

“We as a society should not take it as a fact of life living in the era of Internet that people are going to successfully take your identity or your credit card or disable networks,” said Howard Schmidt, the top White House cybersecurity official, to Bloomberg. “We want nation states to be unified behind a vision like this so we can send a clear message to bad actors that there’s going to be no place for them to operate in the international sphere.”

U.S. agencies, including the State, Defense, Homeland Security, Commerce and Justice departments, will work with their foreign counterparts, Schmidt added.

The treaty, which is signed by the U.S. and 29 European countries, will set consequences for partners that don’t comply with the standards to cooperation in investigating Internet crime.

Large-scale Internet crimes like the recent hacking of Sony’s PlayStation Network may often demand the coordinated international efforts envisioned by the White House plan. A clearly stated strategy may also serve as a deterrent to national actors considering such attacks.

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