The NTIA Cybersecurity Report Insights
The National Telecommunications & Information Administration (NTIA) is considered to be one of our government's finest resources for technical and administrative guidance on all things online. A wide-ranging cybersecurity awareness draft was released this past September which focused on DDoS attacks, botnets, and general cyber threats.
The resources used for this study were wide: as the NTIA asked for council from 40 various government offices that involve telecommunications and IT. The report is set to include a varied picture of where the nation stands in regards to its capabilities within cybersecurity. Some of the issues that received positive feedback included:
- Collaborative public-private partnerships that look to improve security communication.
- Established procedures already in place to respond to DDoS attacks and existing botnets.
- Investments made with the goal of provoking consumer interest in becoming a small part of a cyber-aware community.
With as much progress that has been made in the cybersecurity realm over the past decade, professionals who responded to the NTIA survey still found plenty of negative issues. Some of the main issues at the forefront include:
- The continuation of commercial data as a target for criminals (a trend unlikely to ever stop).
- Although better, a continued lack of awareness from the general public on the threats that botnets and DDoS attacks pose. This is particularly true from a retail consumer perspective.
- Botnet attacks are generally based outside of U.S. jurisdiction, making them difficult to pursue legally.
- The growing technical capability of cyber-criminals, and the steps that will need to be taken to keep up.
Beyond the concerns brought to light in the NTIA report, industry leaders are also starting to assess the human error threat. People forget to change passwords, update security software, or individually recognize attacks; on a wider-level, this lackadaisical approach to cybersecurity is the very impetus for botnets.
The communication gaps highlighted in the NTIA report can be reduced with technologies that support proactive cyber risk mitigation. Cybersecurity awareness calls for a collaborative approach, but citizens can only maximize their potential when given the right tools. To have a more secure future, we'll need a more focused, cyber-aware mindset.
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