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Blueprint for a Secure Cyber Future: The Cybersecurity Strategy for the Homeland Security Enterprise

Published November 2011

This Department of Homeland Security national strategy on cybersecurity was released in November 2011. The foreward by DHS secretary Janet Napolitano states,

"I am pleased to release the Blueprint for a Secure Cyber Future: The Cybersecurity Strategy for the Homeland Security Enterprise. This strategy was developed pursuant to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Quadrennial Homeland Security Review and reflects the importance of cyberspace to our economy, security, and way of life.

This strategy provides a blueprint for a cyberspace that enables innovation and prosperity, advances our economic interests and national security, and integrates privacy and civil liberties protections into the Department's cybersecurity activities. The strategy is designed to protect the critical systems and assets that are vital to the United States, and, over time, to foster stronger, more resilient information and communication technologies to enable government, business and individuals to be safer online. Cybersecurity is a shared responsibility, and each of us has a role to play. Emerging cyber threats require the engagement of the entire society—from government and law enforcement to the private sector and most importantly, members of the public. Today in cyberspace, the Nation faces a myriad of threats from criminals, including individual hackers and organized criminal groups, as well as technologically advanced nation-states. Individuals and well-organized groups exploit technical vulnerabilities to steal American intellectual property, personal information, and financial data. The increasing number and sophistication of these incidents has the potential to impact our economic competitiveness and threaten the public's ability to access and obtain basic services. Government, non-governmental and private sector entities, as well as individuals, families, and communities must collaborate on ways to effectively reduce risk."

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