Cybersecurity — Securing Our Digital Future

Cybersecurity — Securing Our Digital Future

Strong words. We are moving into the world we already live in. Only we only barely perceive it. The seismic economic shifts perceive it. Things will have less allure. Convenience and mobility more. Even our vaunted and significant obesity may be only a stage in the transition we are so dimly alert to. The world is inverting. Cyber is where we already are and where, for the same length of time the dying auto industry has thrived, it will develop and thrive, until it is replaced by the next true wave of human ingenuity — perhaps toward peaceful existence.

For a less speculative take on all this, flip to the White House site and see what Melissa Hathaway, Cybersecurity Chief at the National Security Council, had to say today about cybersecurity. I will leave you with a salient paragraph immediately below.


Protecting cyberspace requires strong vision and leadership and will require changes in policy, technology, education, and perhaps law.  The 60-day cyberspace policy review summarizes our conclusions and outlines the beginning of a way forward in building a reliable, resilient, trustworthy digital infrastructure for the future.  There are opportunities for everyone—individuals, academia, industry, and governments—to contribute toward this vision.  During the review we engaged in more than 40 meetings and received and read more than 100 papers that informed our recommendations.   As you will see in our review there is a lot of work for us to do together and an ambitious action plan to accomplish our goals.  It must begin with a national dialogue on cybersecurity and we should start with our family, friends, and colleagues.