I recently saw an hour-long interview with Leon Panetta. He is a 50-year-old former federal government official who headed many of our most important government departments. He’s one of the few career officials I really admire. He talked about many topics, but the topic that really intrigued me was his comments about our country’s cybersecurity shortcomings and the recent hacking and rescue paid for by the Colonial Pipeline.
He opined that many have said the ransom should not have been paid, as it only encourages other hackers to do the same. But what really caught my eye was his call for a joint public-private commission to bring together the best cybersecurity experts in our country, who are currently scattered across our public / private sectors with few communication opportunities. Just as federal government security departments were unable to communicate before the September 11, 2001 attack, he implores us to unite in what he called the “greatest security threat facing now our country “. Since many of our public and private entities have been hacked, I think this is a very important suggestion that has made a man very brilliant.