America Is Falling Behind On Cybersecurity

America Is Falling Behind On Cybersecurity

America Falls Behind On Key Matter Of National Security

( – The US government may prioritize national security, but officials don’t seem to consider cybersecurity quite as important. Experts with the Council of Foreign Relations (CFR) recently accused the US of falling behind in this key area during a virtual event. They feel Europe is leading the charge instead — and that’s a serious problem.

The CFR claims the US wants an open and free global internet system. At one point, the organization believed that most countries would have to adapt to that developing system over time. They now say America needs to adapt to foreign policies, such as the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), instead, calling it a new global standard.

Former US Representative Will Hurd (R-TX) shared several potential policy suggestions for America during the CFR’s virtual conference, such as creating a digital trade agreement, establishing an international cybercrime center, and building a cyber coalition with allied countries.

Other experts in attendance explained that the US had fallen behind because it failed to adjust to the reality of the now highly-fragmented cyberspace environment. Countries such as Iran and China have already begun to create their own versions of the internet.

US lawmakers have ultimately left private companies to fend for themselves while forcing them to create their own data and privacy policies. A senior operating partner at Energy Impact Partners, Niloofar Razi Howe, also attended the CFR meeting; he said the government needs to take a more active role in the development of security standards. Former Representative Hurd warned policymakers that the US is currently tied with China in this area, claiming that’s the best-case scenario and urging Congress to take action.

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