By Kevin Welch
White House Cybersecurity Coordinator Michael Daniel is the expert on this issue within the Administration. He argues that the issue has reached the senior-most level of government debate, with recent hacks of the New York Times and Twitter, among others, causing an uproar in Washington for action.
Since there is a such urgency, entrepreneurs should assume something like CISPA will pass, barring extraordinary circumstances, and take action to make sure whatever bill passes actually addresses the problem and does so in such a way to protect user privacy.
The White House prioritizes five key areas to take action on:
- Protect critical infrastructure.
- Respond to cyber incidents in a timely manner.
- Establish international cyberspace norms.
- Improve federal network security.
- Looking to the future, moving beyond just usernames and passwords and having security built in by default.
When it comes to cybersecurity legislation that failed last year, Daniel’s stance is that the cyberattacks and the mainstream news reports on them will change the political dynamics this go-around.