Asked to describe the cybersecurity posture of the U.S. by Homeland Security Today, GCA’s Phil Reitinger says:
The cyber defenders are getting better. But the bad people are getting better, too, and they treat the issue of cyber insecurity far more seriously.
“That’s not to say the cyber defenders are not getting better. They are. But the bad people are getting better, too, and they treat the issue of cyber insecurity far more seriously. They make real money. Governments and businesses still like to pretend that cybersecurity is a niche problem, and not one of the top echelon of problems facing the world, like climate change and extremism. National and homeland security problems must be dealt with by effective measures, not platitudes and wishful thinking.”
“WE DON’T NEED MORE PARTNERSHIPS; WE NEED MORE EFFECTIVE PARTNERSHIPS AND ACTIONS THAT WORK AT SCALE”
- CISA needs more resources and authorities, and the ability to manage itself and its personnel free from the bureaucratic overlay of DHS.
- There must be a national effort to move government and businesses to the cloud, where cybersecurity can be achieved at less cost.
- The Solarium Commission recommended establishing the Bureau of Cyber Statistics, which should be a priority for this Congress. We can’t make optimal progress on cybersecurity until we understand what is actually happening now and what progress looks like. The Bureau of Cyber Statistics is essential to do that.
- We need a global community to collaborate to attack cyber risks at scale. One of the most effective ways to do that is through nonprofits, but those of us who work in this space are resource-starved as governments and businesses struggle to meet even their own needs.
Please read the entire article at Homeland Security Today.