In two contrasting talks at RSA Conference 2017, Michael McCaul, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee in the US, and Brad Smith, Microsoft chief legal officer, struck markedly different tones when discussing how to approach these issues.
In his keynote, McCaul said: “It’s clear to me that our adversaries are turning digital breakthroughs into digital bombs … our cyber rivals are overtaking our defences.”
“The combatants are everywhere – and the phones in your pockets are the battle space,” McCaul continued. “Our democracy itself is at risk. Last year, there’s no doubt in my mind that the Russian government tried to undermine and influence our elections.
“The crisis was the biggest wakeup call yet that cyber intrusions have the potential to jeopardise the very fabric of our republic.”
McCaul pointed to several issues making things harder for those trying to defend against attacks, including a lack of resources.
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