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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: Subject here
By FITCamaro on 4/3/2012 1:58:28 PM , Rating: 2
Pretty much. Hence why a small, limited government is needed. These people have no idea about 90% of the things they pass laws on. They either follow an ideological agenda or they rely on "experts" who do.

And its both sides. So how do you fix it entirely? Don't let them go beyond their authority at all and micromanage everything.

RE: Subject here
By bah12 on 4/3/2012 3:55:00 PM , Rating: 2
So how do you fix it entirely?
Or bloody coup...jk of course.

RE: Subject here
By fic2 on 4/3/2012 4:13:35 PM , Rating: 3
They either follow an ideological agenda or they rely on "experts" who give them a bag of money .

fixed that for you....

RE: Subject here
By FITCamaro on 4/3/2012 5:53:29 PM , Rating: 2
However you want to look at it. If you hold their feet to the fire for overreaching period, then you don't have to worry about it.

This is why the states are supposed to be handling much of what the federal government does today. That way people with one idea of how things should be run can live in a state where they can implement it and people who have other ideas can live in another state. The states were vastly different when this country was founded and they still are.

RE: Subject here
By Smartless on 4/3/2012 9:01:40 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah but what if you feel your State governments are full of dumber idiots than the Federal government. How sad is that? We had a State Senator who wanted to ban people with body odor from buses. At least when our US Reps and Sens come back, they are better educated. Sad our State.

RE: Subject here
By FITCamaro on 4/4/2012 7:50:48 AM , Rating: 2
It is incredibly easy to get rid of state representatives and senators. It is a matter of dozens of votes usually.

Not so with US Senators and House Representatives.

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