The departments and agencies within the United States government have evolved over time to address modern-day problems and meet the changing needs of citizens. For example, the Department of Homeland Security was created in the aftermath of the September 11th attacks as a measure to improve domestic safety and handle threats of terrorism.
Jumping forward to today, cybersecurity has become a center of focus across the globe for both governments, private companies, and individual citizens. When a hacker launches an attack and is able to create a data breach at a major company, it can affect millions of people.
It’s not even that far-fetched to imagine a future (or classic Star Trek episode) where nations go to war with each other in a purely digital manner.
As governments try to tackle the breadth of cybersecurity, the question becomes how best to manage threats and organize defenses. In this article, we’ll explore the possibility of a new federal cybersecurity agency that would maintain control over the U.S’s digital landscape.
Cybersecurity in today’s government
Today, every facet of the U.S. government is dependent on the internet and data networks. That means individual agencies and departments have to consider their own cybersecurity and how a single leak or outage could impact a nation of citizens.
But spreading out the responsibility for cybersecurity is not an efficient strategy. It becomes hard to keep groups organized and focused on emerging threats. Time is wasted when multiple teams of people are working in silos instead of collaborating together to solve problems.
Experts believe that the US is vulnerable to cyberattack because the government lacks central leadership on defense mechanisms and strategies. Currently, there are cybersecurity divisions within various agencies, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Department of Defense, the Department of Homeland Security, …