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Rose Gottemoeller said the next generation will change how cyber defense is handled

A U.S. government official said that cyber defense has been slow-moving due to the current generation of policymaker's lack of technological understanding.

Rose Gottemoeller, U.S. Acting Undersecretary for Arms Control and International Security, recently visited the Estonian IT College in Tallinn to deliver a speech about cyber attacks and defense. In this lecture, she noted that a major issue with current cyber defense is the fact that many policymakers around the world don't fully understand technology used today.

"The truth is there are a lot of senior officials in many countries who barely even know how to use an email," said Gottemoeller. "The change will come with the new generation."

Gottemoeller also mentioned that open-source IT and social networking should be integrated into arms control verification.

"In order to pursue the goal of a world free from nuclear weapons, we are going to have to think bigger and bolder," said Gottemoeller. "New concepts are not invented overnight, and we don't understand the full range of possibilities inherent in the information age, but we would be remiss if we did not start thinking about whether new technologies can augment over half a century of arms control negotiating expertise."

Cyber defense has been placed under the spotlight now more than ever with threats recently directed toward both government and corporate entities. Last year, a string of attacks pinpointed many victims like Sony, Bank of America, the Department of Justice, Lockheed Martin, and many more.

Many U.S. officials have called for more cyber defense transparency in the recent past between the government and private sector, where one could help the other and vice versa. For instance, both former CIA/NSA head Michael Hayden and ex-Marine Corps General James Cartwright agreed that cyber security threats are overclassified.

Source: Defense News

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RE: Current generation of people lack understanding
By danjw1 on 4/3/2012 1:32:15 PM , Rating: 2
DOS!=Command Line. You really run DOS on a server? I would think it would more likely be Linux, logging in with a terminal application.

By Shig on 4/3/2012 1:40:16 PM , Rating: 2
I wonder how many of them know or understand what Moore's Law is or the fact that computer technology generally improves ~1000x every 10 years.

Just go look at the average age of the US senators in office right now. Most senators take office in their early 50's, which I like. But then they stay in office until their late 60's, 70's, and 80's, which I don't like.

By Hakuryu on 4/3/2012 1:58:53 PM , Rating: 2
cmd.exe opens a window which is basically DOS in a window. Same commands, same functionality, and just easier to call both DOS so as not to confuse people. Yes I know what DOS is (and still own my original floppies).

You like trying to explain concepts to computer-illiterate people? If it looks the same and acts the same, then it will save me headaches to refer to cmd.exe as DOS to people trying to learn.

By Samus on 4/4/2012 2:32:16 AM , Rating: 2
Basically the only thing kids are more tech savvy with over the last generation is typing skills. Thank texting for that, not the education system.

RE: Current generation of people lack understanding
By nafhan on 4/3/2012 2:19:44 PM , Rating: 2
Windows has a command line, too! It's arguably not as easy to use or as powerful as bash/ksh, but it's there, and it's better than it was before PowerShell. You're probably right, though. If it was Windows, he'd probably be using RDP - not a command line.

Also... addressing the parent posts "incompetent youngsters" statement: someone who went to school to learn "programming"/comp sci will not necessarily learn basic sys-admin tasks. The guy could absolutely be a competent programmer, and not know how to do that. He should be able to pick it up quickly, though; otherwise... you should worry.

By Autisticgramma on 4/24/2012 1:41:02 PM , Rating: 2
I've made a career of supporting coders, easier to deal with than seniors. Infinitely more dangerous tho.

Additionally, while coders are 'computer people' to the rest of the world, to a sys admin they're Fox News: Full of information, just most of it doesn't pertain to... anyone, least of all the layman user.

By RedemptionAD on 4/3/2012 6:52:21 PM , Rating: 2
Most people used MS-DOS back in the day. And DOS stands for Disc Operated System so unless its a SSD technically it is still in use today. Meaning hard disc drive. Most people in general even my age (mid to late twentys) don't know more than the basics email, facebook, or(insert trend of the moment). Outside of that most people don't know anything about technology. Policy makers don't know anything about most of what actually right policy on. They rely on advisors for just about everything. They are just about all lawyers and that is how most lawyers offices are run as well, legal aids, and paralegals do all the actual work. The lawyer just has to be able to put on a good show as far as what the other peoples work tells them.

Think about how many computers many people on here have had to fix or were blamed because so and so's 12 year old knows so much more than the person whos computer you just fixed, when in fact they only know enough about them to be dangerous?

"Intel is investing heavily (think gazillions of dollars and bazillions of engineering man hours) in resources to create an Intel host controllers spec in order to speed time to market of the USB 3.0 technology." -- Intel blogger Nick Knupffer

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