Carson proposes new agency dedicated to winning 'Cyberspace Race'

GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson said that if elected, he will form a new National Cyber Security Administration.
GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson said that if elected, he will form a new National Cyber Security Administration.

Comparing global cyberspace ambitions to the “Space Race” of the 1960s, Republican U.S. presidential candidate Ben Carson proposed a National Cyber Security Administration (NCSA) that would consolidate efforts to strengthen and defend America's online assets.

In a plan announced yesterday on the Carson campaign website, the retired neurosurgeon stated that if elected, he would establish the NCSA to win the "Cyberspace Race" in much the same way the U.S. founded NASA to develop its space program.

Carson's plan didn't offer insight into how such a program would be budgeted, although it claimed the NCSA would streamline many “redundant programs, initiatives and offices which operate disjointed throughout the government.”

The proposed agency would be responsible for, among other responsibilities: developing computer science education programs; creating a central repository of cybersecurity best practices; incentivizing intelligence sharing between the public and private sector; and addressing privacy and civil liberties concerns.

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