Present is Cyber

By Drew Magness

The world has moved online. Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, remote work was quickly becoming the norm for companies across the globe. Before the pandemic hit the United States, 17% of workers worked at home 5+ days a week. After the pandemic, that number skyrocketed to 44%. And as reports have shown, many businesses are choosing to keep their workforce remote. Workers are often more productive and get time back from their commute, that they would much rather spend with their family, while firms save significant amounts of money by reducing office space.

More than just work has moved online. National infrastructure has as well. Since at least 2016, the United States Government has been aware of efforts by foreign entities, specifically Russia, to target our power grid, hacking our vulnerabilities. This vulnerability has come to the forefront of the nation’s consciousness with the recent attack on SolarWinds in Florida, causing the White House to begin to announce a response, appoint a new Deputy National Security Adviser for Cyber and Emerging Technology.

Cybersecurity is no longer the battleground of the future; it is today’s battleground. The Washington Institute for Business, Government, and Society has decided to leverage our resources to bring together the best minds in cybersecurity to help bring awareness to and eventually solve the world’s most crushing problems. As part of this effort, we have partnered with the bipartisan U.S. Cyberspace Solarium Commission, focusing on mitigation efforts in cybersecurity, as well as international collaboration in protecting supply chains.

Last year, the Commission published their long-awaited report advocating a new strategic approach to cyber security: layered cyber deterrence. On March 4th, our Founder and CEO James Moore, spoke with one of the CSC commissioners, former Deputy Director of the NSA and current Robert and Mary M. Looker Professor in Cyber Security Studies at the United States Naval Academy, Chris Inglis.

Founder and CEO of the Washington Institute James P. Moore, Jr. and the Former Deputy Director of the NSA, Chris Inglis. (March 4th, 2021)

The conversation was wide-ranging, focusing on what cyber means, how to foster stronger security

infrastructure in the United States, what the new administration has been doing to act in guarding

the U.S. against cyber threats, including t