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Cyber Security and Policy

More than ever, we live our lives on the web. We date on Tinder, work on Zoom, and chill on Netflix. Technology has made our lives better, but has also caused problems. “As computers and the internet become increasingly essential to society, cyber-attacks are likely to be the precursor to actual war. “

This is Bruce Schneier’s point in “The US has suffered a massive cyberbreach. It’s hard to overstate how bad it is.” He focuses on the Russian cyberbreach of 2020, which was massive: it affected over 17,000 users, including the US military, the White House, and over 400 of the Fortune 500 companies. Almost all parts of the US government were sending private information to Russian spies.

We are vulnerable. Only a few clicks could have changed that cyberbreach to a full-on cyberattack. If that happened, much of life as we know it would have come to a stop. Compare that to the much smaller disruption of when Facebook’s suite of apps was shut down for a few hours in October 2021.

We are vulnerable, but we don’t need to be that way. As Bruce Schneier points out, some of our policies unintentionally make it easier for people to hack our networks. But just as our policies can make that easier, they can also make it harder. We can pass good policies that will increase our security standards and make it more difficult for people to turn some of the best features of modern life against us.

Bruce Schneier is one of the few people to point this out. We should read his article and take him seriously. We can maintain societal stability through careful policy decisions. The stakes of its discussion can’t be underemphasized, and its insights are essential to keeping all Americans safe.

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