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The Cybersecurity 202: What Trump didn’t say about the state of the union’s cybersecurity

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…He could have launched a wide-scale public awareness campaign about cyberthreats and how to combat them, Tony Cole, chief technology officer at Attivo Networks and an adviser to NASA, told me, including offering federally backed cybersecurity training programs at the K-12 and university level as well as more federal money for cybersecurity-focused scholarships and internships.

He could even have announced a new civilian cybersecurity corps, Singer suggested — a coalition of security-screened and cyber- savvy volunteers across the country who are ready to step in and help, say, to secure the communications of emergency responders after a natural disaster or to assist after a state agency is breached or is facing a distributed denial of service attack.

Instead, Cole told me, the nation’s cyber problems will likely continue to grow without major presidential attention.

“Cyberthreats are a current and major security challenge faced by corporations, governments, and all Americans,” Cole said, “and it’s getting worse each day.”


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