Former National Security Agency Director Keith Alexander put it bluntly: “Everybody’s getting hacked.”
Former CIA Director John Brennan added that businesses were not taking the threat seriously enough. “I’m shocked that so many CEOs don’t understand the vulnerabilities,” Brennan said.
The two spoke at this week’s Institute for Supply Management’s conference. As writer Shefali Kapadia wrote on the website Supply Chain Dive, “…the security and intelligence challenges Keith Alexander and John Brennan faced during their tenure are not that different from the cybersecurity threats plaguing the private sector today.”
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“From ocean carriers to retailers, no company is immune to data breaches,” Kapadia wrote. “Hacks have devastated companies and their supply chains, slowing operations, hurting brand reputation and affecting the bottom line.”
So what needs to be done? Here are some of the ideas shared at the conference:
- Faster information sharing to shorten response times and allow agencies and companies to get in front of a threat.
- Monitor cyber behavior to potentially prevent breaches before they happen.
- Incentivize data sharing with the government and make the process cost neutral, appealing to companies’ needs to improve the bottom line.
- Overcome privacy concerns about sharing customer information, such as liability protection for sharing data with the public sector, ensuring the company won’t be sitting on a pile of lawsuits.
“(Alexander) compared fighting today’s cyber wars to the Revolutionary War,” Kapadia wrote, “when generals realized the military alone couldn’t win the war and recruited civilians to fight alongside soldiers. In the same way, neither the government nor the private sector can do enough to battle cyberattacks alone.”