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US Government Cybersecurity at a Crossroads
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5/24/2018 | 3:37:17 AM
The post of Cybersecurity Advisor should not have been eliminated
Hi,

In 2009, I finished a Master's Thesis on information security in the U.S. Government, one conclusion was that there should be a Cybersecurity Czar (or similar) in the government, answering directly to the President, with authority over the agencies in both branches, working in conjunction with the GAO (Government Accountability Office). Further reading after I finished the thesis revealed that at least two government-watching authorities were advising a similar office.

This recent move by the Trump Administration contradicts his election platform that supported strong information security\cybersecurity in the U.S. Government. Government agencies often rely on contractors to support their security posture, because there aren't enough security experts within the various branches. The same is true at the upper echelons of government. Our government needs advisors, and doing away with the cybersecurity advisor was a large step backward.

I anticipate additional steps in the wrong direction. I hope that such steps do not happen, yet this action seems like it may be part of a trend.

thanks,

Jan Buitron, MSIA, CISSP, Doctor of Computer Science candidate


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