More than 300 cybersecurity experts from around the world are urging the Department of Homeland Security to reinstitute an earlier cybersecurity ban on computer-based espionage, arguing the ban was weakened and it’s now up to businesses to protect themselves.
“We believe it’s time for a new cybersecurity policy to be adopted to address the threat of cyber-attacks on critical infrastructure,” said Kevin Mandia, president of the cybersecurity firm Mandiant.
Mandia said the new policy could have “many benefits” but he said the DHS needs to do more to prevent cyberattacks.
“I think we need a renewed cybersecurity policy that addresses the threats posed by the proliferation of cyberweapons, the ability of cybercriminals to target and steal data and the increasing amount of personal data being harvested by the NSA, the FBI and other intelligence agencies,” he said.
Mandiant also argued that the policy was based on outdated legislation and should be revisited.
“The recent cyberattack on the U.S. Capitol is just one example of how the DHS has not been able to provide the protection we need for our critical infrastructure from cyberattack,” Mandia said.
“We have a long way to go before we have a robust cybersecurity policy and our companies are doing just that by working to build secure systems.”
The cybersecurity firm also said that while some companies are already doing their part to safeguard against cyberattacks, many more need to step up their game.
“It’s clear that the U,S.
government needs to rein in the NSA and other spy agencies in order to protect the United States,” Mandiant said.”
In addition, we need to ensure that we’re not inadvertently exposing ourselves to new threats, such as foreign cyberattacks.”
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