Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative

What Does Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative Mean?

The National Cybersecurity Initiative (CNCI) is part of National Security Presidential Directive 54/Homeland Security Presidential Directive 23. Launched by the George W. Bush administration in January 2008, CNCI was created to ensure U.S. security in cyberspace.


President Barack Obama, with the help of his cybersecurity chief, Michael Daniel, has worked since May of 2009 to make CNCI and its associated activities key elements of a broader and updated U.S cybersecurity strategy.

Techopedia Explains Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative

There is a great deal of unclassified and classified information regarding CNCI, which is made up of 12 sub-initiatives of the main comprehensive initiative comprised of components like deployment of security and counterintelligence. The three major goals of the comprehensive initiative are as follows:

  • Establishing a front line of defense against immediate threats
  • Defending against a full spectrum of threats
  • Strengthening the future cybersecurity environment

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