Back in the Obama days, a cybersecurity framework was rolled out by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). With updates and multiple integration, this document has proven to be crucial in providing guidelines for businesses in reducing risk and increasing preparedness for cyber-attacks. Everyone seems to be on board, the Department of Defense, Homeland security and the Intelligence community.
Fast forward to the current day and the FCC, responsible for commercial networks seems to be the only one holding out on an overarching policy. Without a Nationwide department exclusively for Cyber Security, there remains a huge crater size hole between the cyber policies of various departments and institutes which constitutes a serious vulnerability.
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Our argument for an exclusive department addressing Cyber security issues adds to the nationwide attempt to make a secure future for the next gen of wireless networks.
The Russian hack
Simply put, the Russian sponsored hack of the 2016 election. There is now overwhelming evidence of a cyber-attack on U.S. sovereignty in the recent election and yet no clear plan to address this affront to American democracy.
Whilst our various cyber foes, ramp up their hacking capabilities our deterrent systems have to be streamlined, smooth and technologically superior.
It's unlikely that Putin or any other Political leader that would like to change the course of our democracy will change their behavior through sanctions. In an effort to prevent future attacks on the democratic system we have to safeguard our data, intensely.
Over $120 million has been allotted to handle the Russian attacks, nothing has been spent yet. We are witnessing a system that is currently twiddling its thumbs because it's frightened to say they may need to call in outside experts
Only 11 states have cyber protection programs in place for their emergency 911 systems. There is a massive looming issue for the protection of citizens if these systems are attacked.
Cyber hacks are profit driven and take no prisoners when it comes to moral targets, we only need to think of the recent cyber-attack on the British Health Care system or on Atlanta's own Police services.
Since 911 systems are currently all being converted to digital they are becoming a growing major target.
Things are changing fast and it's just getting faster. With a system that relies on seniority and wisdom, the Zuckerberg congressional interview taught us that law makers, judges and other key figures, are at least 50 years behind when it comes to Cyber knowledge.
How will law makers who are highly trained in areas be able to transfer their knowledge to Cyber security and know which policy to pass? How will the best be recruited and trained to protect us, particularly from cyber warfare?
Currently we can't, however with a Department of Cybersecurity — that could and will recruit the best and brightest under a cohesive policy and framework, cyber security will be united. Bringing together cyber efforts will streamline our ability to counter attacks at every level. This is definitely a time the USA need to lead.