NCSA Applauds President Obama's BuySecure Initiative
Washington, DC, Oct. 17, 2014 – The National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) applauds President Obama’s new Executive Order today announcing the BuySecure initiative, which focuses on improving secure government transactions and data, and will provide consumers with more tools to protect their online identity and financial data.
Discussions about cybersecurity often focus on protecting a single network or entity or responding to a data breach or a specific threat and less about how to bring security to scale. Today's announcement could be significantly impactful by accelerating a wide-scale change in the security of the Internet payment ecosystem and contribute to making our data safer and more secure and the Internet more trusted.
Information sharing is a critical component of cybersecurity. The element of the Executive Order that will speed the transfer of information about impacted consumer accounts to organizations that can act on it will be beneficial in directly protecting consumers. It demonstrates the necessity of the public and private sectors working together in cybersecurity.
In light of the millions of Americans who are the victims of identity theft each year, the component of the order that supports richer resources to help those at risk of or suffering identity theft addresses a core principle of cybersecurity in working toward resisting attacks and improving resiliency if one occurs.
This news comes at a welcome time. October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month, an education and awareness campaign co-sponsored by NCSA and the Department of Homeland Security, that works to ensure every American has the resources they need to stay safer and more secure online. Information can be found at http://staysafeonline.org.