Two recently-completed reports by the National Infrastructure Advisory Council (NIAC) were published on the DHS website this week:
The first report is entitled Workforce Preparation, Education and Research (7.3mb download). Its four key recommendations, according to the transmittal letter:
- The Federal government should continue to support the education of our workforce via the Scholarship for Service Program (Cyber Corps);
- Designate a coordinating body to oversee cyber security research efforts;
- Designate a privately administered, public-private Information Assurance (IA) training certification body;
- The Federal government should do everything in its power to assist states in implementing internationally competitive standards, curricula and teaching methods.
The second report is entitled Public-Private Sector Intelligence Coordination, and it probes questions related to public and private sector cooperation on intelligence as it pertains to critical infrastructure protection. That report makes eight recommendations, including a suggestion that “the U.S. Attorney General should publish a best practices guide for private sector employers to avoid being in conflict with the law” as it pertains to sharing information related to infrastructure vulnerabilities; and a recommendation that DHS and other federal entities should “rationalize and standardize the use of SBU markings, especially â€œFor Official Use Onlyâ€ (FOUO), and publish standard handling instructions clearly for all intended recipients.”