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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 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.


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