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Cybersecurity

Ensuring the security of our interconnected global networks, and the devices and data connected to those networks, is one of the defining challenges of our era.

The Department of Commerce is tasked with enhancing cybersecurity awareness and protections, protecting privacy, maintaining public safety, supporting economic and national security, and empowering Americans to better manage their safety online.

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Addressing the Cybersecurity Workforce and Skills Gap

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Cyber-crime is now the number one threat to United States national security. As more people take advantage of online shopping, banking, and social networks to communicate with friends and family, they expose themselves to potential cyber threats. As the number of large-scale data breaches and cyber-attacks continue to rise year after year, there is an increasing need for educated and dedicated...

Online Safety: Five Steps to Protecting Your Digital Home

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The Department of Commerce Celebrates National Cyber Security Awareness Month

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Remarks by Secretary Wilbur L. Ross at the U.S. Census, National Partnership Press Event at the Renaissance Hotel, Washington, D.C.

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(Introduced by Hector Barreto, President of The Latino Coalition and former Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration.) Thank you, Hector, for that kind introduction, and — as the former SBA Administrator — thank you for your service to our country. I can’t tell you how important it is for me to be here to discuss our plans to work with national organizations such as yours to count...

Our Highest Priority: Protect and Secure the 2020 Census

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by Rod Turk, Acting Chief Information Officer, U.S. Department of Commerce The U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. Census Bureau share an important goal – to ensure the 2020 Decennial Census is safe, secure, and on schedule. Protecting Census Bureau systems as well as the confidentiality and the security of the data we collect is our highest priority. The Department and the Census Bureau work...

The Census Bureau Is Keeping Your Data Safe

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The following is a cross-post from the U.S. Census Bureau's Random Samplings Blog Blog post by Kevin Smith , Associate Director for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer, U.S. Census Bureau Protecting the data the U.S. Census Bureau collects is a critical part of our mission and our highest priority. We know the accuracy of our statistics depends on the accuracy of the data we...

White House Releases First-Quarter Milestones on Leveraging Data as a Strategic Asset

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Today marks the release of the first-quarter milestones for Leveraging Data as a Strategic Asset , a new and exciting Cross-Agency Priority Goal of the President’s Management Agenda . I am excited to co-lead this effort with my colleagues, Pradeep Belur, Chief Operating Officer and Chief of Staff at the Small Business Administration, Suzette Kent, Federal Chief Information Officer, Nancy Potok,...

International Cybersecurity Priorities: Fostering Cybersecurity Innovation Globally

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The U.S. Department of Commerce’s goals of ensuring that technology products and global networks are interoperable, resilient, and secure is essential not only to U.S national security interests, but also to continued U.S. economic leadership. Global trust in the Internet and confidence in the security and stability of the platforms and services that comprise this highly diverse ecosystem is vital...

Report to the President on Enhancing Resilience Against Botnets

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The U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security released this report on May 30, 2018. It outlines a guide to government and private sector actions that would reduce the threat of botnets and similar cyberattacks. The report responds to a May 2017 Executive Order on Strengthening the Cybersecurity of Federal Networks and Critical Infrastructure, which directed the...

NIST Releases Version 1.1 of its Popular Cybersecurity Framework

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The U.S. Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has released version 1.1 of its popular Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity, more widely known as the Cybersecurity Framework . “Cybersecurity is critical for national and economic security,” said Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross. “The voluntary NIST Cybersecurity Framework should be...