9 Predictions for Cybersecurity’s Role in Government and Politics in 2017

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More focus on domestic, less on global cybersecurity

The recent election cycle put a strong emphasis on “America First,” and at least one expert thinks that opinion will spill over into cybersecurity efforts. “There is significant risk that the United States may withdraw from international policy engagement that has become the norm in cybersecurity,” says Maarten Van Horenbeeck, director of Security Engineering at Fastly. It will be the wrong tack to take, he adds. “Cybersecurity is not purely a domestic issue for any country, including the United States. We learn from successful sensor networks set up in Asia (Tsubame), develop ideas for measuring cyber security improvement based on those in Japan (Cyber Green), and incorporate information-sharing tools that rose to popularity in Luxembourg.”

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The 2016 presidential election ushered in new era. As Grant Shirk, senior director of Product Marketing at Vera, pointed out, it was our first true cyber election. Not only did much of it play out in social media, particularly on Twitter and Facebook, but the election brought attention to how stolen data can be used to manipulate opinions, and it may have presented us with the our first taste of cyber espionage.

“As we enter 2017,” says ThetaRay CEO Mark Gazit, “we will see more and more occasions where cybersecurity is not about computer geeks and IT departments, but about threats to financial institutions and critical infrastructure, including very well-protected mail servers. History has taught us that the warfare arena, including espionage and intelligence gathering, follows technological progress -- and in some cases leads the progress. As such, we will almost certainly see new and more advanced technological solutions being used by governments to conduct cyber warfare, even before they fall into the hands of civilian cyber criminals.”

Here are expert predictions about how cybersecurity will affect and involve our government, policies and politics in 2017.

 
 
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