A recent proposal from the Cyberspace Solarium Commission would solve few problems and create many.
Philip Reitinger is President and CEO of the Global Cyber Alliance, a non-profit organization focused on eradicating systemic cybersecurity risks. He is the former Deputy Under Secretary for the National Protection and Programs Directorate at the Department for Homeland Security, the first Executive Director of the Defense Department’s Cyber Crime Center, and the Deputy Chief of the Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section at the Department of Justice.
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In “Who Cares About Cybersecurity?” Paul Rosenzweig conducted a public opinion survey on personal implementation of cybersecurity practices and concluded: “We don’t care [about cybersecurity]. At least not on a personal level.
The United States is woefully unprepared for a “Cyber 9/11.” Addressing that danger must be a top priority for the U.S. Government, but it does not require a single “Department of Cybersecurity” as some have argued. Creating a new department would shuffle responsibilities, authorities, and people to such a degree it would set the country back at least a decade.