May 31, 2011

New CNAS Report Offers U.S. Cyber Security Strategy

Washington, D.C.,
May 31, 2011

– The Center for a New American Security (CNAS) released today a
comprehensive report that offers policymakers and private sector
leaders actionable recommendations to strengthen America’s cyber security.

America’s Cyber Future: Security
and Prosperity in the Information Age
, edited by CNAS authors Kristin M.
Lord and Travis Sharp and co-chaired by Robert Kahn, Mike McConnell, Joseph S.
Nye Jr. and Peter Schwartz, includes 14 chapters by renowned experts on
the most pertinent topics in cyber security: cyber war; the role of non-state
actors; accessing the most innovative cyber security technologies; tensions
between privacy and cyber security; separating fact from hype; and
international norms and governance.

Download America’s Cyber Future: Security and Prosperity in the Information Age

In America’s
Cyber Future
, CNAS Vice President and Director of Studies
Kristin M. Lord and Bacevich Fellow Travis Sharp argue that America’s
growing dependence on cyberspace has created new vulnerabilities that are being
exploited as fast as or faster than the nation can respond. Cyber attacks can
cause economic damage, physical destruction, and even the loss of human life.
They constitute a serious challenge to U.S. national security and demand
greater attention from American leaders.


“The challenge is to prepare for cyber threats with insight, diligence and
rigor, while avoiding what the 9/11 Commission report termed failures of
imagination,” write Lord and Sharp. “The nation’s security and prosperity are
at stake. There is no time to waste.”

Contributors to the report
include: Robert E. Kahn, Mike McConnell, Joseph S. Nye Jr., Peter Schwartz
(co-chairs); Nova J. Daly, Nathaniel C. Fick, Martha Finnemore, Richard
Fontaine, Daniel E. Geer Jr., David A. Gross, Jason Healey, James A. Lewis,
Kristin M. Lord, M. Ethan Lucarelli, Thomas G. Mahnken, Gary McGraw, Roger H. Miksad,
Greg Rattray, Will Rogers, Christopher M. Schroeder, and Travis Sharp.

Report co-author Kristin Lord will take questions about the report at the CNAS annual
conference on Thursday, June 2, during a session on cyber security with: Ellen Nakashima,
National Security Reporter, The
Washington Post
Rand Beers
, Under Secretary for the National Protection and
Programs Directorate, Department of Homeland Security; Robert Butler,
Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Cyber Policy, Department of Defense;
and Max Kelly,
Former Chief Security Officer, Facebook.

Find out more about the
conference and register here
. The conference will also be webcast live starting
at 9:30 a.m. EST at