Expert insight on US National Cybersecurity Strategy Implementation Plan (NCSIP)

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The National Cybersecurity Strategy Implementation Plan (NCSIP) gives much-needed guidance for agencies on improving cyber resilience. It assigns timebound goals and initiatives to each agency – giving them direction on how to reach the strategy’s clear objectives. These goals and initiatives also display a sense of urgency, which is important, as the pace of technology makes it impossible to imagine the impact it will have on security in three, five, or ten years. It focuses on building cyber resilience now as well as down the road.

This plan reflects the urgency of today’s cyber threats, and also demonstrates an understanding of the resource and fiscal challenges agencies face in overcoming these dangers. While the NCSIP doesn’t include direct funding, it does align with the administration’s cyber budget priorities to better position agencies to achieve their objectives and combat cyberattacks. If agencies can align their budgetary responsibilities and resources with these initiatives, then they will be well equipped to bolster their cyber resilience today and tomorrow.