No A's on White House cyber report card

Tuesday - 1/25/2011, 3:47pm EST

A new report card gives the Obama administration a few C and D grades but also several B's in a review of its accomplishments in cybersecurity.

The ranking comes from the National Security Cyberspace Institute, which graded recommendations contained in the White House 60-day Cyberspace Policy Review or the so-called Hathaway Report. The recommendations are broken down into two categories - Near-Term and Mid-Term.

Institute officials say - now that the administration is over halfway through their elected term, they've had enough time to expect some progress on their near-term goals.

Among the grades they get:

  • A "D" for taking almost a year-and-a-half to appoint a cybersecurity policy official.

  • Another "D" for not completing an update to the national strategy to secure the information and communications infrastructure.

  • A "B" for the establishment of performance metrics.

  • The White House did appoint a privacy and civil liberties official to the cybersecurity directorate. But the administration got a "C" from the Institute because that official remains anonymous.

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