Talk of a Big Red Button to Cut Off the Internet Is Just That: Talk

Authored by: Tony Cole, CTO – Recently, I had the opportunity to join Marjorie Censer on Government Matters to discuss the idea of a “Big Red Button” to cut the United States off from the global internet ecosystem. It’s a conversation that echoed a recent panel discussion I participated in at RSAC 2020, and one that was kicked off (and fueled) by recent events, including the breach of the Defense Information Systems Agency that exposed the personal data of over 200,000 people. With other major breaches still fresh in people’s minds, the idea of isolating the “American internet” from the rest of the world has been discussed in certain circles.