On July 26, President Barack Obama signed the United States Cyber Incident Coordination policy directive to help outline a response plan when our country is targeted through cyber attacks. The new policy was signed without much fanfare, thanks to the Democratic nomination of Hillary Clinton and the rest of the Democratic National Convention. Ironically, they had their own brush with cyber security that garnered significant attention, after hackers released several of their internal emails.
This topic demands more attention than it’s received. President Obama has repeatedly underscored the importance of cybersecurity in his most recent version of the National Security Strategy. Likewise, the Department of Defense (DOD) is also on board with the importance of cyber to its mission. The most current version of the Defense Strategic Guidance emphasizes the threat of cyber espionage and its potential use not just by nation states but by non-state actors as well.