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.