Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative

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The Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative (CNCI) was established by President George W. Bush in National Security Presidential Directive 54/Homeland Security Presidential Directive 23 (NSPD-54/HSPD-23) in January 2008. The initiative outlines U.S. cybersecurity goals and spans multiple agencies including the Department of Homeland Security, the Office of Management and Budget, and the National Security Agency.[1][2]


Utah Data Center, Bluffdale, Utah (United States).

Initial signing of the initiative and hearings about the initiative during 2008 were kept classified.[3] However, in March 2010 the Obama administration declassified limited material regarding the project.[4]

The current goals of the initiative include: establishing a front line of defense against network intrusion; defending the U.S. against the full spectrum of threats through counterintelligence; and strengthening the future cybersecurity environment through education, coordination and research.[5]

The main actions of the CNCI are:[6]

  • creating or enhancing shared situational awareness within federal government, and with other

government agencies and the private sector;

  • creating or enhancing the ability to respond quickly to prevent intrusions;
  • enhancing counterintelligence capabilities;
  • increasing the security of the supply chain for key information technologies;
  • expanding cyber education;
  • coordinating and redirecting research and development efforts; and
  • developing deterrence strategies.

On January 6, 2011 the National Security Agency (NSA) began building the first in a series of data centers pursuant to the program.[7][8] The $1.5 billion Community Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative Data Center, also known as the Utah Data Center, is located at Camp Williams, Utah.[9]

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  1. ^ "National Security Presidential Directives [NSPD] George W. Bush Administration". Federation of American Scientists. Retrieved 7 January 2011. 
  2. ^ "Computer Network Security & Privacy Protection" (PDF). Department of Homeland Security. Retrieved 7 January 2011. 
  3. ^ "Hearing on NSPD-54/HSPD-23 and the Comprehensive National Cyber Security Initiative". Retrieved 7 January 2011. 
  4. ^ Vijayan, Jaikumar. "Obama administration partially lifts secrecy on classified cybersecurity project". Computerworld. Retrieved 7 January 2011. 
  5. ^ "The Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative". US Government. Retrieved 7 January 2011. 
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  7. ^ LaPlante, Matthew D. (July 2, 2009). "New NSA center unveiled in budget documents". Salt Lake Tribune. MediaNews Group. Retrieved 2009-07-05. 
  8. ^ LaPlante, Matthew D. (July 2, 2009). "Spies like us: NSA to build huge facility in Utah". Salt Lake Tribune. MediaNews Group. Retrieved 2009-07-05. 
  9. ^ Fidel, Steve. "Utah's $1.5 billion cyber-security center under way". Deseret News. Retrieved 6 January 2011. 

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