In 2019, the leading international experts on infectious diseases warned that the world was gravely unprepared for a global pandemic. Few listened.
We are making the same mistake, today, with cybersecurity.
The world has transformed into a digital universe, with just about everything connected to the internet. Computers now sit alongside food, air and water as one of the basic elements of human experience. Yet the world forgot one thing in the process: to protect and secure its cyber assets. Anything connected to the internet is now vulnerable to an array of predators — from nation-states to cyber gangs to tech-savvy college freshmen.
The stories light up the front pages daily: North Korea attacksSony Pictures; Wannacry cripples corporate America; Russia penetrates the U.S. government’s networks. And the data is harrowing: In the first half of 2020, those data breaches both known and publicly reported — a small subset of the whole — exposed 36 billion private records.
The response to this digital big bang? Merely a whimper: Public and private cybersecurity spending is increasing only moderately and only two of President Joe Biden’s dozens of executive orders addressed the subject.
This hardly suffices. Humanity erected a global cyber castle but forgot to build the gate.