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Critics not satisfied with partial revelation of secret cybersecurity plan

The release of a summary of a classified cybersecurity program launched during the Bush era that continues to guide government computer security efforts was generally welcomed, but some say key questions about the government’s strategy still need to be answered.

Howard Schmidt, the White House’s cybersecurity coordinator, released an outline of Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative (CNCI) in a blog posting March 2. The CNCI started in January 2008 when then-President George W. Bush signed National Security Presidential Directive 54/Homeland Security Presidential Directive 23.