The members of the commission also noted the need for a more effective strategy to deter hackers.
The United States needs to appoint a cybersecurity focal point and develop a more effective strategy to deter hackers and other cyber threats, the Cyberspace Commission established by Congress said Wednesday.
Effective defense in cyberspace requires a series of reforms and political initiatives to counter attacks, according to the commission’s report..
A bipartisan commission made up of legislators and private sector experts has produced over 80 recommendations – from executive and legislative reforms to developing cooperation with allies.
“The reality is we are dangerously unprotected,” said co-chairs Senator Angus King and Rep. Mike gallagher..
“Your entire life – your salary, medical care, electricity – increasingly depends on networks and digital devices that store, process and analyze data.. These networks are vulnerable if not already compromised. “.
Commissioners said efforts are needed on a scale comparable to that of preventing terrorist attacks like the 9/11 attacks.
The Commission recommended the creation of the position of “national cyber director” in the White House, which will coordinate the efforts of the government and the private sector.
The Commission also noted the need for a more effective deterrent strategy to show that attacks in cyberspace will have consequences..
“Deterrence in cyberspace is possible,” the authors of the report say.
“Today, most cyber activists are not afraid to attack our personal data and public infrastructure … By our inability or unwillingness to identify and punish our cyber adversaries, we demonstrate that meddling in American elections and stealing billions of dollars in intellectual property is acceptable behavior. “.
The Commission stresses that both the government and the private sector “must defend and fight back quickly and with agility.”.
Commission calls for a ‘layered’ strategy that includes a response.
“The key, although not the only element of the response is the military instrument of power,” the authors of the report note..
“The United States must remain capable, determined, and willing to harness cyberspace capabilities and all sorts of other measures,” they stress.
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