“A major cyberattack on the nation’s critical infrastructure and economic system would create chaos and lasting damage exceeding that wreaked by fires in California, floods in the Midwest, and hurricanes in the Southeast.” As stated in the Chairman’s Opening Letter in a new report from the Cyberspace Solarium Commission. “Our country is at risk, not only from a catastrophic cyberattack but from millions of daily intrusions disrupting everything from financial transactions to the inner workings of our electoral system. Capturing the complexity of this challenge is hard.”
The Cyberspace Solarium Commission (CSC) was established in the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019 to “develop a consensus on a strategic approach to defending the United States in cyberspace against cyber attacks of significant consequences.” The finished report was presented to the public on March 11, 2020.”
The Cyberspace Solarium Commission’s proposes a strategy of layered cyber deterrence. Their report “consists of over 80 recommendations to implement the strategy.”
There are 6 pillars of recommendations:
Reform the U.S. Government’s Structure and Organization for Cyberspace.
Strengthen Norms and Non-Military Tools.
Promote National Resilience.
Reshape the Cyber Ecosystem.
Operationalize Cybersecurity Collaboration with the Private Sector.
Preserve and Employ the Military Instrument of National Power
Further information on the report is available in the link above and can be found directly at the CSC website https://www.solarium.gov/
Public and Private information sharing remains absolutely essential to securing critical infrastructure and our global network infrastructure. As we are witnessing with Covid-19, our society is collectively and grossly unprepared to deal with a mass crisis on this scale.
Our adversaries have been attempting to disrupt the foundations of our essential services since the beginning of time, but cyberspace and interconnected dependencies have provided a new battleground, with new attack vectors and advanced weaponry we have not witnessed before. World War three will not be fought in the air or on the fields but fought and won, on a keyboard.
Our abilities to communicate, work collectively and innovate through people, process and technology, remains our strongest defence in an ever-expanding, evolving attack surface. Cyber Senate have been pushing the boundaries of discussion in areas of critical infrastructure for the last 6 years, addressing vulnerabilities in the nuclear, aviation, utility, water, manufacturing, chemical and power sectors in a strategic effort to connect the worlds brightest minds to help define resiliency.
Our next shows will take place:
7th Annual Control Systems Cyber Security Conference USA
Celebration Florida, September 22-24th. September 22nd is the pre-conference Golf and Workshop day free for asset owners, sponsored by Fortinet.
The two-day conference is September 23/24th Sponsored by Trend Micro
7th Annual Industrial Control Cyber Security Europe Conference
October 27/28th 2020, Le Meridian Hotel, Picadilly Circus, London UK
4th annual Aviation Cyber Security Summit
November 3rd and the 4th, London United Kingdom