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Budget Fight Threatens U.S. Cyber Command's Growth
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Andrew Hornback
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3/16/2013 | 4:48:15 AM
re: Budget Fight Threatens U.S. Cyber Command's Growth
There's something that comes to mind here from my days in consulting - you can upgrade on your time or you can upgrade in the middle of the house burning down around you. Given the choice, which is going to make more sense?

From a strategic point of view, if I were to be running an organization attacking US cyber targets, I wouldn't be waging a high-intensity attack when the furloughs begin - low-intensity that takes a lot of effort to uncover would pay off more in the long run, especially if you happen to know that all of these assets are being furloughed on Fridays.

It makes perfect sense, to me, to rattle sabres at China and then start dismantling the workforce protecting the country. Ridiculous...

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J. Nicholas Hoover
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3/13/2013 | 3:06:31 PM
re: Budget Fight Threatens U.S. Cyber Command's Growth
To your point, John, there were a few things I left out of my article. Alexander, in listing reasons why comprehensive cybersecurity legislation should be passed soon, explicitly expressed a concern that it will take a major cyber attack against American critical infrastructure before Congress acts, and that then, Congress will overreact and pass bad legislation.
John Foley
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3/13/2013 | 3:03:45 PM
re: Budget Fight Threatens U.S. Cyber Command's Growth
You kind of get the feeling that it will take a serious, high-impact cybersecurity failure within federal government and, to the point of this article, DOD before the widening gap between problem and solution is addressed. All signs indicate that cyber threats and events continue to rise, while funding is moving in the opposite direction. The feds have gotten pretty good at "doing more with less," but it's unclear how well that approach works when it comes to cybersecurity. Looks like we'll find out in the months ahead.


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