It is only natural – especially in the heat of a presidential campaign – that discussions about security threats focus on those of a physical nature. But there has been a flurry of attention and activity of late around cybersecurity and the importance of simulating the types of massive digital attacks that governments (U.S. and foreign) and private sector enterprises may increasingly face.
Earlier this week, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff held court with bloggers to discuss President Bush“™s classified government-wide cyber initiative, while at the same time emphasizing improved coordination required by Federal civilian agencies to protect cyber assets.
Chertoff implored patience as the Administration formulates a more substantive cyberstrategy that will likely not be finalized until 2009. For Federal IT vendors that provide services and products that support cybersecurity activities, the pie may grow larger after, as Chertoff puts it, “get our own house in order.”