Think tank advises next president to take a stand on cyber

By Erin Ayers on December 1, 2016

Acknowledging the leadership role that should be played by the federal government in cybersecurity, the Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity at University of California at Berkeley recently outlined a few recommendations for the administration taking office in January.

“In two months, a new President will take office. That President will face the most expansive cybersecurity agenda in our nation’s history,” commented the authors of the report. “Attacks on well-known companies, political organizations, and government agencies over the last year pose a fundamental question: can anyone really be confident in online security? If the answer is no, foundational elements of our economy and our society are at real risk. Because a loss of confidence could be nearly as damaging, the new administration cannot afford to wait. It will need to act quickly and decisively on cybersecurity as a major executive priority. And that administration needs new ideas to inspire new successes.”

The brief report indicated a willingness to put forth “provocative” ideas and “meaningful” short-term steps that can be taken to ensure greater cyber awareness and preparedness down the road.

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Erin is an editor at Advisen. She has 15 years of journalism experience. Prior to Advisen, Erin covered property-casualty insurance for 13 years as editor-in-chief of The Standard, New England’s Insurance Weekly. Erin is based in Boston, Mass. Contact Erin at eayers@advisen.com.