The pressure for companies to adapt to rapidly changing technology comes at a price, because cybersecurity is often sacrificed, leaving businesses and employees vulnerable to hackers.
The private sector should work with the federal government to improve digital networks from spoofing, denial-of-service and a myriad of other attacks on companies and the network infrastructure in the U.S., the recent report of the President's Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity said. Fifteen other critical recommendations to improve cybersecurity across the U.S. were made by academic and industry leaders.
"As this report demonstrates, cybersecurity is going to be the biggest challenge for President-elect Trump in the coming years," said Joseph Carson, head of global strategic alliances at Thycotic, a Washington D.C.-based provider of privileged account management solutions.
Trading innovation and ease of use for privacy and weaker cybersecurity has led to more attacks. The recent hacks which have compromised web cameras, smart TVs and Internet of Things (IoT) devices demonstrate that consumers are dependent heavily on technology.
"Our critical infrastructure is no longer separated from today's connected world," he said.
The report reinforces the fact that people are crucial to the solution and there remains an urgent need for greater security awareness, education and engagement for all aspects of cybersecurity, Carson said. Developing new software or technologies is crucial.
"This report provides the groundwork for the current trials and tribulations we are facing," he said. "The recommendations lead us in a good direction, however, implementing and applying them are going to need a huge workforce with expertise in cybersecurity."