As Cyber Events Pile Up, So Do the Stakes

By Jessica Herrera-Flanigan

February 20, 2013

Those of us following cybersecurity were expecting 2013 to be busy. If the first two months are indicative of the rest of the year, then those expectations were well-grounded. A few of the events and reports that have garnered attention so far:

It’s not clear how all the recent attacks might affect proposed policy actions. We know -- and experts are quick to point out -- that our critical infrastructure is vulnerable and that we are fortunate not to have experienced a cyber 9/11 type attack. The policy solutions being offered by Congress and President Obama address protecting our critical infrastructure, but what about the attacks on our media outlets, companies generally, and our social networks? In the end, does it matter if the attacks are being generated by the Chinese military, Eastern European criminal syndicates, Anonymous hactivists, or the kid down the street?

As the government struggles to agree on an approach to protecting critical infrastructure, 2013 may very well demonstrate that the problem is bigger than what a U.S. public-private partnership can fix. Cybersecurity is a global issue and without some international agreement on how we can address cybersecurity, we can expect to continue to see the headlines of the last few months.


By Jessica Herrera-Flanigan

February 20, 2013

http://www.nextgov.com/cybersecurity/cybersecurity-report/2013/02/cyber-events-pile-so-do-stakes/61411/