In the run-up to the recent election, there were many discussions of issues like the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), immigration, the Ebola virus and the Keystone XL pipeline, just to name a few. The one area missing from the pre-election dialogue: a serious discussion about cybersecurity.
Perhaps this was because discussions on cybersecurity can quickly turn into arcane discussions of technical and policy minutiae, and candidates are incessantly advised by their handlers not to provide detailed positions on anything — to eschew the minutae in favor of the time-tested political platitude. The bumper sticker slogan always beats the well-reasoned complex argument in American politics.
But the year was full of headlines detailing the latest cyber crimes. We still remember….