This week, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse called for the creation of a cybersecurity “militia” to strengthen US defense. He suggested reexamining a “militia model that lets ordinary citizens come to their country's aid". Whitehouse’s remarks represent a growing focus on exploring mechanisms to incorporate civilian involvement and “active defense” into traditional government activities.
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Reports that China (most likely) has breached Office of Personnel Management (OPM) systems and stolen personal information (PI) of over four million current and/or former federal employees raises all sorts of questions regarding the government’s responsibilities to protect PI it has in its possession; the government’s enforcement against the private sector for failing to prevent similar losses of information; and setting appropriate priorities across branches of government for protecting privacy.