I appreciate Robert J. Samuelson’s awareness that we are missing the boat on what the Russian hack means for national security [“A silver lining in Mr. Putin’s hack,” op-ed, Dec. 26]. But if we fail to discuss specificity and action, we will come up short.
It is not enough to say the hack should highlight how we need to focus on cybersecurity as a nation and that companies are getting hacked. The Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity, a nonpartisan commission that examined the security and growth of the digital economy, developed 16 recommendations to address the cybersecurity of our nation. The commission’s report is intended to serve as a road map for the incoming administration and provide concrete actions for government, industry and individuals. It is arguably the most current and robust set of actions for addressing cybersecurity.
We have to stop giving each other a free pass on our personal responsibility for cybersecurity. If you have a smartphone, use a computer, use a Fitbit or connect your baby monitor to a computer, you need to know more about cybersecurity.
No one group can address cybersecurity on its own. Individuals, industry and government have a responsibility in cybersecurity, which must be a national and economic security priority on par with terrorism and homeland security. The commission’s report is a first step in understanding the roles of individuals, industry and government in securing cyberspace. That awareness would be a legitimate silver lining.
Kiersten Todt, Arlington
The writer is a former executive director of the Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity.