The Great Debate

National cyber security leadership starts now

enrique_salem_300dpi1– Enrique Salem is president and CEO of Symantec Corp. The views expressed are his own. –

We recently had the privilege of hosting Melissa Hathaway, cyber security chief at the National Security Council, at Symantec’s Government Symposium, our annual conference for public sector customers and government officials.

In one of her first appearances following the White House announcement of the 60-day cyber review results, which examined the country’s preparedness against cyber attacks, Ms. Hathaway outlined the report’s recommendations to help the United States achieve a more reliable, resilient, and trustworthy digital infrastructure for the future.

Development of the report is a reflection of the Administration’s commitment to addressing our nation’s cyber security and elevating it to the national priority that it deserves. We whole heartedly support President Obama’s efforts and appreciate his leadership on this initiative.

The report recommends that the president names an official who would be responsible for coordinating the nation’s cyber security policies and activities across government. This is a critical and necessary position that should be a senior adviser in the White House.

Real-life spy thriller in cyberspace

ericauchard1– Eric Auchard is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are his own –

Once in a while a good computer security scare comes along that has all the makings of a taut Cold War spy thriller and the latest news of a global computer espionage ring is one such story.

A new report entitled “Tracking GhostNet: Investigating a Cyber Espionage Network,” argues that poorly defended computers used by government and private organizations in 103 nations may have been violated. The study has attracted widespread media attention after a New York Times story about it at the weekend.