Op-Ed: Cybersecurity Needs a Whole-of-Society Effort
In this May 31 Op-Ed published in The Hill, INSA Board Member Isaac Porche describes what is needed to protect our nation's critical infrastructure from cyber attack.
To the surprise of many, Russia has not launched large-scale cyber attacks against the United States or its NATO allies since invading Ukraine on Feb. 24. But as Western sanctions begin to bite — Russia’s imports are plummeting and its GDP is poised to fall 30 percent this year, according to the Institute of International Finance — the United States must be prepared for a cornered Russian bear to lash out.
Defending the homeland normally falls to the federal government, and federal agencies have launched a robust “whole-of-government” cybersecurity strategy focused on undermining adversaries, promoting network resiliency and sharing cyber threat information with infrastructure operators. However, a broader whole-of-society cybersecurity effort — involving state governments, corporations and ordinary citizens — is required to safeguard the critical infrastructure that keeps American society functioning.