In the run up to the 2016 Presidential election, both Democrats and Republicans alike are talking about cyber security. However, it is painfully obvious they are just restating talking points and do not understand cyber security at all. This is why it is important for us professionals to school the presidential hopefuls on cyber security so they make informed policy decisions (emphasis added):

Referencing breaches from China and Russia, last month Hillary Clinton said that cybersecurity legislation “doesn’t go far enough” to defend the United States. 2016 GOP hopeful Mike Huckabee called on Obama to carry out a cyberattack against China in response to the Office of Personnel Management hack, while Senators Charles Schumer and Lindsey Graham urged the International Monetary Fund to punish the country financially.

Then just last week during the GOP debate, Carly Fiorina called for companies to pull down the “cyberwalls” that stop governments from accessing customer data, and Senator Ted Cruz said that state-sponsored hacks amount to acts of cyberwar.

As these discussions heat up, it’s more important than ever that mainstream politicians actually understand what they’re talking about. Here is a quick primer on what anyone running in the US Presidency race really should know when it comes to cybersecurity.

Although I do not disagree with the premise, I really wonder how much a difference it will actually make long-term. Politicians are motivated by money, and lobbyists will do whatever they can to sell their wares to ignorant politicians, even if it means passing terrible laws.