Doug Bedell — July 10, 2019, 7:59 am

Does the U.S. Need a Department of Cybersecurity?


Something to consider as we keep hearing about computer break-ins and hacking: To enhance cyber security, maybe the U.S. needs a cabinet-level Department of Cybersecurity.

This possibility is raised by the In Homeland Security blog, which warns that “The U.S. is more vulnerable than ever to cyberattacks from foreign adversaries who attempt to penetrate vital American companies and steal intellectual property.

“For example, one of the key components of the U.S.-China trade confrontation is Beijing’s continued strategy of cyberattacks on American companies to gain vital intellectual property which previous administrations failed to stop.”

“Security” has been largely a terrestrial term, that is, insuring physical safety. But computer security has been taking on steadily growing importance as the Internet becomes an environment of its own.

Thus, “Many experts suggest the creation of a Department of Cybersecurity. This new federal agency would be modeled after the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) – which was formed shortly after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Similarly, the Department of Energy (DOE) came into being in 1977 after the energy crisis of the mid-1970s caused by the oil embargo by Arab nations belonging to the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC).”

Give it some thought.
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