National Cyber Strategy



September 2018


The White House


This National Cyber Strategy outlines how the US will:

  • defend the homeland by protecting networks, systems, functions, and data;
  • promote American prosperity by nurturing a secure, thriving digital economy and fostering strong domestic innovation;
  • preserve peace and security by strengthening the United States’ ability — in concert with allies and partners — to deter and if necessary punish those who use cyber tools for malicious purposes; and
  • expand American influence abroad to extend the key tenets of an open, interoperable, reliable, and secure Internet.

The Administration recognizes that the United States is engaged in a continuous competition against strategic adversaries, rogue states, and terrorist and criminal networks. Russia, China, Iran, and North Korea all use cyberspace as a means to challenge the United States, its allies, and partners, often with a recklessness they would never consider in other domains.