Cybersecurity Is Crucial to National Security

Both its complexity and its importance are growing exponentially. No one doubts the growing importance of cybersecurity. Attackers now can penetrate virtually every aspect of society through cyberspace. Accordingly, the U.S. government has given cybersecurity a high designation relative to national security. But simply labeling the problem does not provide a solution that ultimately must be developed by a broad cooperative venture by skilled professionals across the spectrum of government, industry and academia. In March 2014, the Defense Department chief information officer (CIO) mandated in the DODI 8500.01 “cybersecurity” instruction that the term “cybersecurity” would replace the term “information assurance.” Probably not willing to go through the challenging months of obtaining combatant commanders, military service and Defense Department agencies buy-in on “the terms of reference” definitions, the CIO mandated that…

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