We need people like Brenner to raise public awareness and suggest how to protect the Nation against attacks on our cyber infrastructure. But while such diatribes are necessary, they are far from sufficient. Unless we see specific action plans, which can be effectively implemented and enforced, then we are no further ahead. The potential consequences of not making headway against the tsunami of cyber attacks are so dire, as Brenner describes, that we can no longer tolerate the normative approach to protecting the Nation’s critical cyber infrastructure.
We need solutions, not merely suggestions. And other than possibly in the Defense Department, we are not seeing solutions. Alas, Brenner’s book, while being a good read and educational for those not already knowledgeable about such threats, vulnerabilities and successful attacks, does not give us the implementable solutions that we need..