Presidential commission calls for collaborative action to combat cyber-threats

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Updated: The president's Commission on Enhancing National Cyber-security today released a 100-page report that called for greater cooperation between the government, the private sector, educational institutions and even individual Americans with the goal of protecting and defending the nation's critical cyber infrastructure.

The president's Commission on Enhancing National Cyber-security today released a 100-page report that called for greater cooperation between the government, the private sector, educational institutions and even individual Americans with the goal of protecting and defending the nation's critical cyber infrastructure.

In the Report on Securing and Growing the Digital Economy the 12-person, non-partisan commission identified six “imperatives” for enhancing cyber-security, along with 16 recommendations and 53 related actions that it described as both practical and ambitious that will increase the nation's cyber-security.

“Successful implementation of our recommendations will require significant commitment from both the public and private sectors and extensive cooperation and collaboration between the two. Indeed, enhancing the state of national cyber-security will require the coordinated effort of a wide range of organisations and individuals,” wrote commission chairman Thomas E. Donilon and vice chairman Sam Palmisano in the report's cover letter. Donilon is vice chairman at O'Melveny & Myers and former US National Security Advisor to President Obama and Palmisano is the former CEO of IBM.

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