On Wednesday, the Republican presidential candidates will take the stage in Boulder, Colo., for CNBC’s “Your Money, Your Vote” debate on the economy. CNBC will “focus on the key issues that matter to all voters — jobs, taxes, the deficit and the health of our national economy.” This debate has the potential to give cybersecurity a chance to shine.
As the saying goes, “the best defense is a good offense.” In the first Democratic presidential debate, Secretary Hillary Clinton made the adage her mantra when it came to dealing with inquiries about her private email server. She deflected questions by attacking Republicans, accusing them of petty partisanship for investigating her actions. Clinton promised to talk instead about the “issues that matter to the American people,” implying the propriety of her email server is a trivial, inconsequential issue.
With August recess and the end of the fiscal year looming, congressional leaders say they are focused on cyber security. They are focused on the private sector as they work to collaborate on legislation, which would bolster information sharing between the government and corporations. They are focused on the executive branch as they review the results of the White House’s 30-day “cybersecurity sprint.” But to truly address our cybersecurity vulnerabilities Congress must turn its focus within.
America is the land of the free because of the brave. That was true 239 years ago when our Founding Fathers risked their lives and fortune by declaring our independence. It is just as true today, with our armed forces deployed across the world relentlessly defending freedom. This Fourth of July weekend, I am also thankful for the commitment and sacrifices of another group of brave men and women: our first responders.
Enemy nation-states, terrorists, and cyber gangs are striking the federal government’s cyber security Achilles heel, taking advantage of a disorganized bureaucracy that continues to leave government networks susceptible to attacks. Patience should be running thin as we watch the country become more and more vulnerable despite years of languishing promises of strengthened security. Where is the sense of urgency, and whose feet should be held to fire?
In 18 months, a new President and Congress will be in office. Now is the time to ask tough questions regarding FirstNet's readiness to meet increased cybersecurity threats, as well as whether a federal approach to public-safety interoperability is the best path for the future.
Enemy nation-states, terrorists, and cyber gangs are striking the federal government’s cybersecurity Achilles heel, taking advantage of a disorganized bureaucracy that continues to leave government networks susceptible to attacks. Patience should be running thin as we watch the country become more vulnerable, despite years of languishing promises of strengthened security. Where is the sense of urgency, and whose feet should be held to fire?
The 15th Annual Good Guys Awards
Tuesday, May 3rd 2016
Omni Parker House | 60 School Street | Boston, MA
11:30am - 2pm
11:30am Registration | 12pm lunch
"Today's Senate HELP Committee vote is an encouraging sign and a positive step forward," said James Norton, Chair of the Shade Foundation's National Board of Directors. "We support passage of The Sunscreen Innovation Act and its promise to aid development of better, more effective sunscreen products. Our mission is to prevent skin cancer through education of children, and we applaud efforts that will protect today's young people and future generations from harmful UV rays."