Commentary: U.S. Needs New Cyber Security Leaders to Protect Nation
James Jay Carafano and Eric Sayers write for UPI:
Efforts to safeguard the U.S. homeland tend to focus solely on the unrealistic task of protecting infrastructure. However, the politically charged "failure is not an option" approach to classify all infrastructure as "critical" is detrimental to prioritizing national security missions.More here.
Instead, the United States needs leaders who understand the need for creating and implementing strategies of resiliency, or methods for ensuring that basic structures and systems of global, national and local economies remain strong even after a cyberattack, other malicious acts or acts of war, as James Jay Carafano pointed out in his paper "Resiliency and Public-Private Partnerships to Enhance Homeland Security," Heritage Foundation Backgrounder No. 2150, published June 24, 2008.
A strategy of resiliency does not mean abandonment of preventive measures. At its core, resiliency is far more complex -- and effective -- than simply protecting critical infrastructure against natural and man-made threats. Protection alone cedes the initiative to the enemy.
The United States needs cyber-strategic leaders. Because of the vulnerability of cyberspace, one initiative that should be prominent in constructing a resiliency strategy for the 21st century is a cyber-strategic leadership program. Cyber-strategic leadership is not a specific technical skill or person, but a set of knowledge, skills and attributes essential to all leaders at all levels of government and in the private sector.