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Cybersecurity

Ensuring the security of our interconnected global networks, and the devices and data connected to those networks, is one of the defining challenges of our era.

The Department of Commerce is tasked with enhancing cybersecurity awareness and protections, protecting privacy, maintaining public safety, supporting economic and national security, and empowering Americans to better manage their safety online.

Our Highest Priority: Protect and Secure the 2020 Census

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by Rod Turk, Acting Chief Information Officer, U.S. Department of Commerce The U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. Census Bureau share an important goal – to ensure the 2020 Decennial Census is safe, secure, and on schedule. Protecting Census Bureau systems as well as the confidentiality and the security of the data we collect is our highest priority. The Department and the Census Bureau work...

The Census Bureau Is Keeping Your Data Safe

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The following is a cross-post from the U.S. Census Bureau's Random Samplings Blog Blog post by Kevin Smith , Associate Director for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer, U.S. Census Bureau Protecting the data the U.S. Census Bureau collects is a critical part of our mission and our highest priority. We know the accuracy of our statistics depends on the accuracy of the data we...

White House Releases First-Quarter Milestones on Leveraging Data as a Strategic Asset

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Today marks the release of the first-quarter milestones for Leveraging Data as a Strategic Asset , a new and exciting Cross-Agency Priority Goal of the President’s Management Agenda . I am excited to co-lead this effort with my colleagues, Pradeep Belur, Chief Operating Officer and Chief of Staff at the Small Business Administration, Suzette Kent, Federal Chief Information Officer, Nancy Potok,...

International Cybersecurity Priorities: Fostering Cybersecurity Innovation Globally

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The U.S. Department of Commerce’s goals of ensuring that technology products and global networks are interoperable, resilient, and secure is essential not only to U.S national security interests, but also to continued U.S. economic leadership. Global trust in the Internet and confidence in the security and stability of the platforms and services that comprise this highly diverse ecosystem is vital...

Report to the President on Enhancing Resilience Against Botnets

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The U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security released this report on May 30, 2018. It outlines a guide to government and private sector actions that would reduce the threat of botnets and similar cyberattacks. The report responds to a May 2017 Executive Order on Strengthening the Cybersecurity of Federal Networks and Critical Infrastructure, which directed the...

NIST Releases Version 1.1 of its Popular Cybersecurity Framework

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The U.S. Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has released version 1.1 of its popular Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity, more widely known as the Cybersecurity Framework . “Cybersecurity is critical for national and economic security,” said Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross. “The voluntary NIST Cybersecurity Framework should be...

Strengthen U.S. Economic and National Security

Economic security is national security. America is safer when important technology and essential products are produced domestically. Today, our nation’s economic prosperity and security are challenged by competitors and adversaries that engage in illegal trade practices, steal intellectual property (IP), and engage in cybercrime. Extreme weather, such as the six Category 4 or higher hurricanes...

Cybersecurity Apprenticeships Enhance Cybersecurity Infrastructure

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By Marian Merritt , Lead for Industry Engagement, National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education, National Institute of Standards and Technology, U.S. Department of Commerce When Khabran Peters, a former member of the Army National Guard was researching his training options to transition into the secure software development field, he discovered the Community Initiative Center of Excellence for...

U.S. Departments of Commerce, Homeland Security Release Preliminary Report on Promoting Action Against Botnets and Other Automated Threats

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Today, the U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security released a draft report to President Trump in response to the May 11, 2017, Presidential Executive Order on Strengthening the Cybersecurity of Federal Networks and Critical Infrastructure. “Cybersecurity is perhaps one of the most serious threats we face,” said Secretary Ross. “President Trump understands the...

Remaining Safe in a “Smart” World

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October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month and the Department of Commerce – in partnership with the Department of Homeland Security’s Stop.Think.Connect.™ Campaign – is highlighting the importance of cybersecurity and online safety. Is your robotic vacuum or pet webcam making your home network less safe? We’re surrounded by the internet of things (IoT) where items like thermostats, light...