The U.S. government will always play an important role in cybersecurity, but it lacks the resources to fully defend the private sector in the digital realm, according to a new report from the GW Center for Cyber and Homeland Security.
The report released Monday offers the most comprehensive assessment to date of the legal, policy and technological contexts that surround private sector cybersecurity and active defense measures to improve the United States’ responses to evolving threats.
A key difference between cybersecurity threats and other security threats is the mismatch between public and private capabilities and levels of authority in responding to these threats, the report says. The lack of government resources to defend the private sector from digital threats places businesses on the front lines of the cyber conflict and can put national security, economic vitality and privacy at risk.
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