A Blueprint for Cyber Security

Has the US Department of Homeland Security made up a new word?!

They’ve published Blueprint for a Secure Cyber Future: The Cybersecurity Strategy for Homeland Security Enterprise and we think it might be the first time we’ve seen ‘cybersecurity’ as a single word.  A sign of changing times?

Published in November 2011, it’s a usefully detailed document yet manages to come in at around 35 pages, so it’s still readable.

It’s a strategic document, so there’s no ‘how to’ as such, but the sections on reducing exposure to cyber risk (page 13), identifying and hardening critical information infrastructures (page 14)  and preparing for contingencies (page 16) are particularly useful for those who aren’t already across all the potential issues.

With further sections to include advice, this is a great document for business continuity planners who quickly need to learn the issues – and the lingo – to discuss cyber issues intelligently across the organisation. The glossary section (starting on appendix page  D-1) is a useful crib sheet: we’ve printed it out and stuck it on the wall here!

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Take a look and tell us what you think in the comments section below.

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