President Barack Obama appointed 9 members to a new commission on enhancing cyber security that will make detailed recommendations on how the nation should better protect itself against cyber crime. Former national security adviser, Tom Donilon, will serve as chairman and lead the Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity.
Former IBM chief executive Sam Palmisano is to serve as vice chairman. Their task, Obama said, is to produce a report by December 1 that will guide future presidents on the infrastructure necessary to confront long-term computer challenges.
Obama said Donilon will come at the job from a national security perspective, while Palmisano brings perspective from the private sector and non-profit organizations.
The commission that Donilon and Palmisano, will lead will consist of up to 12 members and make detailed recommendations on how the nation, both the public and private sectors, can better arm itself against cyber hacking. Many companies have long had such officials in place to deal with cyber intruders.
Obama said the Internet has brought incredible opportunity and wealth, but it also means ‘that more and more of our lives are being downloaded’. “Right now, we are not as well organized as we need to be to make sure that we’re dealing with all these threats in an effective way,” Obama said.
Obama said the commission will examine several challenges, including how to keep huge government databases secure, how to provide timely information to the public about best practices to keep their information safe, and how the government can improve its procurement process and attract the best computer personnel.
Obama had established the bipartisan commission earlier this month with an executive order. The establishment of the commission to deal with cyber crime comes in the wake of federal agencies facing ever-more sophisticated computer attacks.
The most serious breach in the past year occurred when hackers gained access to the personal information of more than 22 million U.S. federal employees, retirees, contractors and others. Fingerprint images belonging to some 5.6 million people were stolen in the breach.
“I have charged the Commission on Enhancing National Cyber security with the critically-important task of identifying the steps that our nation must take to ensure our cyber security in an increasingly digital world,” Obama said.
“These dedicated individuals bring a wealth of experience and talent to this important role, and I look forward to receiving the Commission’s recommendations,” he added.
President Barack Obama also mentioned that boosting cyber security in the U.S. will require long-term vigilance and overhauling the systems currently in place
Indian American MasterCard CEO, Ajay Banga is one of the nine members of the Commission on Enhancing National Cyber Security appointed by Obama, and will hold a key administrative position a White House announcement said.
Banga has been president and CEO of MasterCard since 2010.