NTIA Report Summarizes Themes on Cybersecurity Comments
Friday, September 22, 2017 | Comments

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) released a report summarizing the themes found in the responses to its “Request for Comments on Promoting Stakeholder Action Against Botnets and Other Automated Threats.”

In response to the request for comments, NTIA received 47 comments. The commenters ranged from large trade associations to individual technical experts associated with a diverse range of industries and sectors, including Internet service providers, security firms, infrastructure providers, software manufacturers, civil society and academia. Comments ranged from attempts to help NTIA better understand the ecosystem and threat landscape, to sharing how recent innovations can help address these issues. Many offered specific policy suggestions and proposals.

Several broad themes emerged across the comments. While the risks from distributed, automated attacks take many forms, there was a general appreciation that addressing these risks is a shared responsibility, calling for ecosystem-wide solutions. No solution can address the overall threat. Moreover, while attacks have evolved to threaten key aspects of the digital ecosystem, the distributed, automated threat is closely linked to other cybersecurity threats across the ecosystem. These attacks are global, by their nature, and require international cooperation to work toward solutions.

International standards and best practices will be necessary to achieve an effective global approach, rather than country-specific standards and regulations that could impose unnecessary costs and slow innovation. Stakeholders resoundingly endorsed voluntary, consensus-based industry- and community-led processes, including NIST’s Cybersecurity Framework and NTIA’s multistakeholder processes. There were many strong voices against government playing too large a regulatory role. However, a notable number of commenters viewed the lack of existing security and market incentives as requiring more active policy interventions.

The comment summary report is here. A full report to Congress is expected next May.

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