A recently released report from the Intelligence and National Security Alliance Cyber Council has revealed that current cybersecurity tactics in both public and private sectors are in need of significant revision.
The prevalence of data security concerns emerging across all sectors is making it clear to many that the United States' cybersecurity intelligence is lacking in several areas. To address this urgent need, the INSA report included several guidelines that may inspire more thoughtful discussion on key issues and help create more effective data protection practices.
"While there is a great deal of focus on current cybersecurity issues, there is little focus on defining and exploring the cyberthreat environment at a higher level," noted INSA analysts.
U.S. government officials are recognizing and embracing the responsibility they have in this matter, but the collective response has been fragmented and ineffective to date. According to Network World, part of the problem stems from fact that although the Department of Homeland Security has been given expanded jurisdiction in the cybersecurity arena in recent years, the agency may still lack the experience and expertise needed to orchestrate a cohesive solution.
The current model of private sector infrastructure ownership and public sector regulation may soon be forced to evolve.
"Ultimately, INSA's Cyber Council would like to see a meaningful partnership among all relevant goverment agencies and the private sector to ensure seamless sharing of threat information, timely analytical judgments and reasoned, measured responses to clear threats," the report stated.
To achieve this objective, the group included several actionable suggestions that may help bridge the gap between the two camps and bolster data security in all areas. First, stakeholders are encouraged to abandon the current "patch and pray" strategy and establish more enlightened practices through explicit policies, doctrines and legal frameworks placed in the context of a global threat environment.
The report also called for a stronger focus on educational initiatives. The identification of core competencies, as well as the establishment of relevant training scaled to industry-specific demands, will be instrumental for effective data protection in the face of evolving challenges.
One such approach may be routinely scheduled forums that bring together thought-leaders from public and private sector organizations to discuss best practices for strategy development and deployment.
Improving national cybersecurity is a difficult task that is constantly growing in size and complexity. But the collaborative efforts outlined in the INSA report may ultimately provide a significant push in the right direction.