America’s cyber security still lacking

On July 26, President Barack Obama signed the United States Cyber Incident Coordination policy directive to help outline a response plan when our country is targeted through cyber attacks. The new policy was signed without much fanfare, thanks to the Democratic nomination of Hillary Clinton and the rest of the Democratic National Convention. Ironically, they had their own brush with cyber security that garnered significant attention, after hackers released several of their internal emails.This topic demands more attention than it’s received. President Obama has repeatedly underscored the importance of cybersecurity in his most recent version of the National Security Strategy. Likewise, the Department of Defense (DOD) is also on board with the importance of cyber to its mission. The most current version of the Defense Strategic Guidance emphasizes the threat of cyber espionage and its potential use not just by nation states but by non-state actors as well.Now if you think that before July 26 that we had clear lines in the government regarding cyber security, you would be wrong. It is seemingly inconceivable that even after eight years of a Republican heading the executive branch and nearly the same amount of time under the leadership of a Democrat that this policy would not come to fruition until last week. While a step in the right direction, there are still several weaknesses in the latest policy. Information technology and our overreliance on cyber capabilities could be our Achilles heel.

Source: America’s cyber security still lacking | TheHill

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