An Infrastructure Plan in the 21st Century Needs to Address Cybersecurity

Shortly before tonight’s scheduled State of the Union address, U.S. President Trump released a long-awaited infrastructure plan. Its focus on upgrading our roads, bridges, tunnels and other physical infrastructure is welcome. But we need to do more than address these weak brick-and-mortar foundations. A real 21st century infrastructure plan needs to integrate digital infrastructure into physical upgrades and invest in innovative technologies that will keep America globally competitive and secure.  Today, it’s just a fact that the technology which makes things like education and healthcare more accessible to more Americans – the rise of cloud, mobile and IoT – also makes us more vulnerable to cyberattacks. The stakes could not be greater, particularly when it comes to our critical infrastructure. Cyberattacks on critical infrastructure are rising The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) recently detected coordinated efforts by malicious actors to compromise our critical infrastructure, including those organizations involved in government, aviation, power production, energy production and critical manufacturing sectors. Further, the U.S. Department of Energy reported last year that America’s electricity infrastructure was in “imminent danger” from cyberattacks that are “growing more frequent and sophisticated.” It’s no surprise that cyberattacks on critical infrastructure are...
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A Diverse Cyber Workforce is Critical in the Next Era in Technology & Business

We are at a critical inflection point in technology and business today. On one hand, we are on the cusp of realizing the transformative impact of innovations like IoT and Artificial Intelligence. And yet we continue to see crippling cybersecurity breaches within organizations of all kinds. Large, small, retail, finance, government, healthcare—no organization or industry is immune from the threat of cyber attack. Stemming the growing tide of cyber threats does not come down to a single company, or a single platform. It will require a sea change in the way that we think about and approach security. First, from a technology standpoint, we need to shift our thinking on cybersecurity from protecting against the “threat of the week” to a comprehensive approach that considers all aspects of an organization’s cyber exposure in real time. Even more fundamental, however, is the need for a new cyber workforce strategy that develops and advances the ranks of people from all walks of life. This week, the fourth of National Cyber Security Awareness Month, the conversation is rightly focused on careers, and with good reason: according to the Center for Cyber Safety and Education, there will be a shortage of 1.8...
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