As co-founder of the Congressional Cybersecurity Caucus, I am encouraged by the legislative efforts of Sens. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Tom Carper (D-Del.) to strengthen our nation’s “digital infrastructure” against cyber-
attacks, as outlined in their July 8 Washington Forum commentary, “Avoiding a digital Pearl Harbor.” Unfortunately, their efforts do not incorporate the strong diplomatic and military components that are necessary to engage our allies and the Pentagon in a comprehensive strategy.
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has warned of threats posed by other nations and terrorist organizations. The senators’ plan would give primary responsibility for our nation’s cyber-strategy to the Department of Homeland Security. However, while Homeland Security is doing impressive work domestically, our international effort requires a whole-of-government approach.