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Focus on Critical Services, Not Infrastructure, to Defend Cyberspace

June 25, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

Defenders of cyberspace need to concentrate on the critical services provided by the critical infrastructure, not the infrastructure itself, according to a leading cyber expert. Melissa Hathaway, president of Hathaway Global Strategies and former acting senior director for cyberspace with the National Security Council, said that the future of the West is held hostage to the fact that its security and resilience are threatened.

NATO Has No Article 5 Guidelines for Cyber

June 25, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

Even with the rising tide of nation-sponsored cyber attacks, NATO does not yet have a policy—let alone a definition—of what constitutes a cyber attack that would mandate a response under Article 5 of the alliance’s Washington Treaty, according to NATO officials. Article 5 defines an attack on a NATO member as “an attack on all,” requiring a response by all members against an aggressor.

Government to Industry: Self-Regulate Cybersecurity, or Be Regulated

June 24, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

With cyber losses running in the hundreds of billions of dollars, the private sector must establish its own standards for cybersecurity or face government regulations that would be painful for some firms. Either way, regulatory guidance is necessary for the private sector to avoid potentially fatal hemorrhaging of assets and information to cybermarauders.

Corporate Culture Key to Private Sector Cybersecurity

June 24, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

A new management trend may impel corporations to implement better cybersecurity: lead or get out of the way. Either corporate leaders take the initiative for improving their companies' cybersecurity, or shareholders will demand their ouster following a damaging attack that puts corporate futures in doubt.

Private Companies Face Collapse From Cyber Attacks

June 24, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

Businesses that neglect their cybersecurity needs risk being put out of business by even the simplest of attacks, according to cybersecurity experts. While all companies face the threat of a devastating financial cyber robbery, even a simple attack that steals information could be the end for a small- or medium-size business.

Cyber Fears Hurt U.S. Businesses Overseas

June 24, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

Many U.S. companies are losing business because of cyber issues expressed by foreign firms. These concerns can range from fears of U.S. vulnerabilities to worries that intelligence agencies will have access to information held by U.S. contractors.

CYBERCOM Faces Challenges Forming Partnerships With Private Sector

June 24, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

"Cyber is the ultimate team sport." The U.S. Cyber Command (CYBERCOM) faces a unique set of challenges as it tries to engage industry and academia in the cybersecurity effort, according to its commander.

DISA to Play Key Role With Cyber Command

June 24, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

The U.S. Cyber Command (CYBERCOM) views the Defense Information Systems Agency as a key partner in its effort to secure defense cyberspace. This includes the agency having an operational mission in which it plays a critical role in defending defense cyberspace, according to the commander of CYBERCOM.

Three Items Top Cyber Command's Industry Wish List

June 24, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

Situational awareness, automated decision making and a new way to refresh work force skills rank high on the U.S. Cyber Command's (CYBERCOM's) list of needs from industry, according to its commander.

DHS Needs Innovation in Cybersecurity

June 24, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

Innovation may be the key to ensuring that the national critical infrastructure is protected from new cyberthreats, said Suzanne Spaulding, undersecretary for the National Protection and Programs Directorate at the DHS. The private sector must step in to help prevent future attacks.

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