In the News – This Week in Critical Infrastructure: Week of August 29, 2016

Posted: September 2, 2016 at 11:54 am

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This Week in Critical Infrastructure, the conversation is all about cybersecurity. First, we bring you a short article by Kevin Coleman on the need for greater evidence to support retaliatory tactics in response to cyber attacks. Then, Steve Kirk writes in a two-part article for Federal Times on the current shortage in the cybersecurity workforce and the challenges it presents for addressing future threats. We are currently watching Tropical Storm Hermine, and if any significant developments arise in the coming days, we will be sure to include them in our digest next week. The ISAO Standards Organization created by a grant from DHS last year in response to Executive Order 13691 held a public meeting on Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 31 & Sept. 1. This will be the final meeting before publication of their first set of standards documents later this month. We will provide an update on this in the news digest as soon as the meeting information is updated on the ISAO Standard Organization’s website.


Retaliatory Cyber Strikes

In this short article from C4ISR Net, Kevin Coleman questions whether current attribution capabilities in the cybersecurity community are adequate for producing evidence to support the use of retaliatory strikes in the wake of cyber attacks, as many have called for.

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Known Unknowns of Cybersecurity Talent Shortfall

From Federal Times, Steve Kirk presents a two-part article examining the true nature of the workforce shortfall currently limiting both private- and public-sector cybersecurity efforts. Kirk examines the issue from the perspective the capacity to respond to the unknown threats that future security operators must be equipped to fight.

Read Part 1 Here
Read Part 2 Here


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