One of the most expensive parts of the CNAP proposal may also prove to be the most effective. At the very least, it’s the most overdue: The administration wants to dedicate $3.1 billion to modernizing its legacy software and equipment. It will also create the role of Chief Information Security officer to oversee those changes. This person will report to Tony Scott, the government’s appointed Chief Information Officer, and be responsible for “developing, managing, and coordinating cybersecurity strategy, policy, and operations across the entire Federal domain,” according to a fact sheet sent out by the White House’s Office of the Press Secretary.
I’m looking forward to someone trying to argue against this whole thing. “I’m sorry, Senator, weren’t you the one complaining about the OPM hack? We’re trying to prevent a repeat, here.”