In the wake of the furor over the Sony Pictures attack, President Obama came out swinging in his State of the Union speech earlier this week. Not to be outdone, Senator Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) included a cybersecurity-centric sentence or two in the Republican’s response.
Yup, the President is finally rolling up his sleeves and proposing some Federal cybersecurity initiatives but are these the right actions? Allow me to offer my two cents by grading each of the proposals.
- Increased security/threat intelligence between the public and private sector (Grade = B-). This is a new spin on the old “public/private partnership” that arises from time to time across a myriad of areas. Furthermore, Congress has been wrangling over this for the past few years – first with the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) and more recently the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA).