Innovation birthed this great nation, and is key to the future of our national security and economic interests.
It is not hard to predict, but 2014 will be yet another year of increased malicious cyber activity. Today, the internet is protected by a multifaceted defense-in-depth system that perpetually works against invasions by cyber foes. Despite basic improvements over the years, our cyber defensive framework is relatively the same. Largely innate and stagnant, the system waits for the cyber foe to launch attacks against it. With the increasing complexity of the internet and the ever changing threat, the service life of current cyber protection capabilities dwindles daily.
The future of cybersecurity systems will rely on a proactive capability that can sense, learn, protect, adapt, and heal itself against cyber vulnerabilities. Similar to the human body protecting itself against infectious microbes and the learning genius of the human mind, a futuristic cyber-immune system will create a gestalt of capabilities. It will be able to:
Being able to perceive, learn, reason, communicate, and act on a threat within the cyber domain is no small task. Innovation in artificial intelligence, data mining, machine learning, and computational intelligence have come a long way since science fiction aficionados were introduced to HAL 9000, the first artificially intelligent Heuristically programmed ALgorithmic computer in the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey. These advancements notwithstanding, the cybersecurity quest continues to move at a snail’s pace.
As a nation, especially during this time of fiscal uncertainty, we should start the New Year by insisting on a cybersecurity innovation call to arms. Innovation birthed this great nation and is key to the future of our national security and economic interests. A conversation should begin with a dialog on:
Innovation must be woven into the very fabric and culture of our nation. We should take note of the timeless wisdom of the past and follow the words of the ancient proverb, “There is no time like the present.”