C. Warren Axelrod

Cybersecurity Continuity – The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

I met Rod Beckstrom soon after he delivered a keynote address at the inaugural SC World Congress, which was held in New York in December 2008. As an aside, Jennifer Bayuk and Dan Schutzer, fellow editors of the newly released book Enterprise Information Security and Privacy, and I made up a panel at the same conference. Beckstrom presented an interesting model of how to drive cybersecurity through economic incentives. The model was still in its formative stages. It is a pity that the concepts will not be tested in the world that he occupied at the time.

 

It is indeed bad news when a role of such importance as leading the charge for cybersecurity in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has met with so little success. One can argue as to why that might be the case, but there is no argument, in my opinion, about the importance of such a role succeeding.

 

By the way, Greg Garcia, who was the first presidentially appointed Assistant Secretary for Cyber Security and Communications at DHS, served for more than two years from October 2006 to December 2008, which might be considered a record.

 

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