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Cybersecurity absent during the State of the Union Address

Posted by: John DiMaria in DRJ Blogs

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John DiMaria

I was disappointed that there was only a passing mention to cybersecurity at the recent State of the Union Address. As a matter of fact if you took a bite of your popcorn at the wrong time you missed it.

 I realize the president's address was focused mainly on the economy, but the biggest threat to our economy today is the lack of preparedness to identify, mitigate, detect and ward off a major cybersecurity attack.


The President clearly states in Section I of the Executive order; Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity, released last February that “The cyber threat to critical infrastructure continues to grow and represents one of the most serious national security challenges we must confront. The national and economic security of the United States depends on the reliable functioning of the Nation's critical infrastructure in the face of such threats”

The right attack could cripple this nation and its infrastructure. We are reminded daily of the disasters that just affected the retail industry, what if that attack was targeted directly at the banking industry or even the stock exchange? Suppose you woke up one morning and found out that the NYSE or the reporting outlet’s computers had been hacked and false information had been reported over the last week or even just 24 hours? Not possible? Think again. I have been in this business for 28 years and believe me, it is possible.


 I like hundreds of other professionals attended all five of the NIST Cybersecurity Workshops. We were there because we cared, because we believed in the message sent by the executive order, we applauded the effort and wanted to get involved to make a difference.


 Not even a mention of cybersecurity reminding everyone that it still stands as one of the biggest threats and that the “The national and economic security of the United States still depends on the reliable functioning of the Nation's critical infrastructure in the face of such threats”, was disappointing and concerning that this is just another “flavor of the month” that will die or get lost once the midterm elections are over this November.


 John DiMaria is a BSI Certification Portfolio Expert, Six Sigma Black Belt, certified Holistic Information Security Practitioner, and Master HISP with over 28 years of experience in management systems and international standards. The views expressed in this blog are his own.