Today, 150 million Americans will be voting for the next US president. The election has been fraught with controversy and uncertainty including questions over the digital insecurity of voting systems and undue influences have been dominating the news. Without doubt, we are living at a time of unprecedented change where the global spotlight is constantly shifting; from Britain’s vote to leave the EU, to the current US election and the forthcoming European elections. Whatever the outcomes, the resulting uncertainty fosters a climate that allows criminality to flourish. Now more than ever, countries and organisations need to be focused on ensuring they have the right safeguards in place to protect their national and business interests against the ever increasing threats. This includes recognising Cyber Security as a top agenda item.
In anticipation of the results tomorrow morning of the US election, there are some key areas that should be addressed by the new administration:
- Bring about more global Cyber Security collaboration: Though discussions and work between nations have improved on Cyber Security, the new administration needs to insure that their interactions with every global leader includes dialogue on this pressing topic. Cyber Security should feature in all world leadership group meetings such as ASEAN, G-20, G-7 and APEC.
- Direct more money to Cyber defence: The Department of Defence budget is reportedly almost $600 billion a year. However the portion allotted to cyber defence is only $6.7 billion of this. Cyber threats are increasing exponentially in frequency as well as complexity and will continue to do so. Critical infrastructure is also becoming a growing target, which will have increasingly harmful effects on the global population if left unchecked.
- Improve the skills of existing Cyber Security professionals: Efforts should be made to reskill and upskill Cyber Security professionals, as well as encouraging individuals to enter the profession. Furthermore, they should generate incentives for those who choose to work in the public sector, enhancing national security.
- Encourage Cyber education initiatives to prepare the next generations: It is essential that the United States makes Cyber education an imperative for schools across the country to teach children best cyber safety practices as well as encourage a future generation to find careers in Cyber Security.
Without doubt Cyber Security is a challenge and a global issue, and the burden does not fall on the United States alone. Just as the global spotlight is continually falling on different countries, it is the responsibility of all nations to work together to bring about improved Cyber Security.