The government doesn’t pay nearly enough attention to cybersecurity, according to some very good sources.
Fortune Magazine reports that last month, a quarter of the members of U.S. President Donald Trump’s National Infrastructure Advisory Council resigned, citing “specific shortfalls in the administration’s approach to cybersecurity”. The article continues:
“The resigning advisors also said the Administration was not “adequately attentive to the pressing national security matters within the NIAC’s purview, or responsive to sound advice received from experts and advisors.” The letter also zeroed in on “insufficient attention to the growing threats to the cybersecurity of the critical systems upon which all Americans depend,” including election systems.
While he has ordered better security for government networks, Trump has shown little understanding or seriousness when it comes to the broader issues surrounding, in his words, “the cyber.” Most notably, he has refused to accept the U.S. intelligence community’s conclusion that Russia engineered a hacking and propaganda campaign meant to subvert the 2016 presidential election, and even floated the idea of forming a cybersecurity task force with Russia. The administration also missed a self-imposed deadline for presenting a comprehensive cybersecurity plan.
In a report issued just after the mass resignations, the NIAC issued a report saying that dramatic steps were required to prevent a possible “9/11-level cyberattack.””
It’s worrying that those most suited to deal with issues of cybersecurity in government chose to quit rather than work with a difficult administration. The mass exodus does not bode well for the country, or for the data the federal government holds in its possession.
However, it’s a good reminder to companies and individuals that the government is not equipped to help you if you become a victim of a cyberattack. This is a message we have repeated countless times – your own security is in your hands.
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