In the first presidential debate, since cybersecurity is rarely a topic for political debate, I was surprised when moderator Lester Holt questioned the candidates about cybersecurity strategy. Specifically, Holt asked, “We want to start with a 21st century war happening every day in this country. Our institutions are under cyber-attack, and our secrets are being stolen. So my question is, who’s behind it? And how do we fight it?”

The first couple of sentences of Hillary Clinton’s response sounded as if she was going to establish a position on cyber-attacks, but then she segued into an attack on Donald Trump, and her answer just fell apart. The most coherent part of Clinton’s statement was: “…. We need to make it very clear — whether it’s Russia, China, Iran or anybody else — the United States has much greater capacity. And we are not going to sit idly by and permit state actors to go after our information, our private-sector information or our public-sector information.”

That statement sounded as though she was advocating a strategy to hack back, or counter-attack, but then she said: “And we’re going to have to make it clear that we don’t want to use the kinds of tools that we have. We don’t want to engage in a different kind of warfare. But we will defend the citizens of this country.”

Source: To The Next President: Get A National Cybersecurity Strategy