Statement on Cyber Policy Review

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For Immediate Release

Statement on the Release of Cyberspace Policy Review: Assuring a

Trusted and Resilient Information and Communications

Infrastructure

Statement by Eugene Spafford, Chair of the USACM, the policy arm of the Association for
Computing Machinery (ACM), on the remarks of President Obama and the release of the White
House report,
Cyberspace Policy Review: Assuring a Trusted and Resilient Information and
Communications Infrastructure.


“The President hit many of the right notes in his remarks today on securing the nation’s cyber
structure. He referenced the growing importance to the economy; the threat to the country; the
international nature of the threat; the criminal aspects; and the absolute necessity to focus on
education in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines.


“Missing from the report released today, Cyberspace Policy Review: Assuring a Trusted and
Resilient Information and Communications Infrastructure, is any emphasis on funding, tools or
support for better law enforcement; instead it is totally focused on passive defense. There is mention
of the need for more research, but little is said about long-term and fundamental research. The focus
continues to be on "game changing" ideas listed in the shorter term.”


May 29, 2009


For more information contact:


Sara Appleyard, 202-285-6441 or sara.appleayrd@widmeyer.com
 

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