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When you’ve got some of the cybersecurity industry’s best and
brightest practitioners in one room, just how do you top the
conversations they’re having across the breakfast table? By getting
one of the foremost experts on cybersecurity to deliver a top notch
speech on the future of the industry, threat actors, and strategies
for businesses to survive and prosper in a hostile environment! This
was the scene last week as General Michael Hayden, a thirty-nine
year military veteran, former director of the National Security
Administration (NSA) and CIA, and currently Principal at the
Chertoff Group, addressed a packed house at MIRcon® 2013.

Hayden framed
his talk by identifying the three key players in the cybersecurity
arena – the attackers, the government, and the

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private sector. He gave the room pause for thought as he
described how both state-based threat vectors and private groups and
individuals are becoming more sophisticated and more deliberate in
their cyber attacks. Using the analogy of the rising tide lifting
all boats, Hayden explained that all attackers are becoming better
at what they do and less interested in data theft and more in
system-wide destruction.

In his opinion, this change from
criminal mischief to societal level destruction is why governments
have a legitimate role to play in cyber-defenses. The key issue,
however, especially for the United States is that as a country,
we’ve yet to know what role we want the government to play in
securing our online environment. Where the role of government is
very clear cut in other domains of engagement (land, sea, air, and
space), cyber-defense is far more complicated particularly because,
as the Snowden affair and other recent issues have demonstrated,
privacy and other issues of freedom of information are at the core
of the solution.

Cue the private sector.

Given its
dual role as provider of cybersecurity solutions and principal
target of cyber-attacks, the private sector, in Hayden’s opinion is
“the engine of innovation” in the cyber realm. In fact,
while the government provides the solutions in other domains of
engagement, in the cyber realm, private industry, based on their
knowledge, expertise, and hands-on experience, should be the lead
and the government should act in a supporting capacity. Given the
current situation where cybersecurity legislation has either died on
the vine, or is stalled in Congress, if we want the types of
regulation that will lead to better cyber-defenses – and in a timely
manner – then the private sector needs to forge ahead with what it’s
already started.

For Hayden, the most valuable avenue of
cyber-defense will come from the cybersecurity companies working
with businesses and insurance companies to codify risk and
resilience to ensure that the consequences of inaction in
implementing genuine cyber-defenses becomes clear. Using examples of
car and homeowners’ insurance, Hayden outlined a compelling case for
an insurance-driven approach to cybersecurity. In essence, by taking
actions akin to requiring your children to take drivers’ education,
or knowing the composition of the shingles on your roof, the home
insurance consumer uses knowledge to reduce risk. And, in turn, the
insurer rewards that knowledge and awareness through lower premiums
motivating consumers to act in less risky ways to achieve a more
preferable rating. In his words, a “cyber insurance regime may
actually enforce cyber standards that we would find offensive from
the government, but that we’ll accept for favorable

Nothing like starting the day off with a
radical idea is there? What do you think of General Hayden’s vision
for driving cybersecurity preparedness and compliance?

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