On February 9, 2016, the President implemented the Cybersecurity National Action Plan (CNAP) designed “to enhance cybersecurity awareness and protections, protect privacy, maintain public safety as well as economic and national security, and empower Americans to take better control of their digital security.”
Threats against business and the government are continuing with a record number of data breaches and exposure of consumer information in 2015. “We’ve got to build that bridge between the business community and the government,” Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker said, speaking at the dedication of the new National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence. “All of us are experiencing cyber threats. What we need to do is take what each of us is learning about the threats and make sure its shared instantaneously between our private and public sector.”
A reduction in cyber threats and data breaches limits the amount of personally identifiable information (PII) available to be used in identity theft and synthetic identity fraud schemes. CNAP includes an education component through the National Cyber Security Alliance to educate consumers about the importance of things like multi-factor authentication to protect against identity theft and account takeover fraud.
Empower Americans to secure their online accounts by moving beyond just passwords and adding an extra layer of security. By judiciously combining a strong password with additional factors, such as a fingerprint or a single use code delivered in a text message, Americans can make their accounts even more secure.
The government is also accelerating adoption of strong multi-factor authentication and identity proofing for citizen-facing websites, like the work Equifx is doing for the Department of Homeland Security, the SSA, and Health and Human Services.