The president’s plan to upgrade cybersecurity isn’t just a bunch of task forces and blue ribbon panels. It could actually have an impact.
Today the White House dropped a massive Cybersecurity National Action Plan that aims to upgrade online security and privacy for the government, corporations, and regular citizens. The plan includes an executive order to create a Federal Privacy Council, a job description for the new title of Chief Information Security Officer, and requests $19 billion in extra funding. The president’s plan pulls tech companies into the federal policy process, with some of the biggest—including Dropbox, Facebook, Google, Intel, Microsoft, RSA, and Twitter—already voicing support.