Army 19th Public Affairs Detachment on a recent cyber security symposium sparking conversations to improve network security throughout the United States:

Lieutenant General Edward C. Cardon, commander of the U.S. Army Cyber Command, was one of the keynote speakers. He urged that all sectors of business and military to maintain a partnership on improving network security.

“When you add together the threats, vulnerabilities; and the fact that most of the networks inside the United States are privately owned; this is not just a government problem,” said Cardon. “It’s a national problem. Defending the nations critical networks and infrastructure against cyberthreats and vulnerabilities is more than a whole government approach; it demands a whole nation approach. It demands cooperation and collaboration with all sectors of government, industry and the academics community.”

President Barrack Obama issued Executive Order 13691, which sparked conversations of improving and safeguarding the networks and systems of the U.S. through a team effort from businesses and government back in February 2015.

Information sharing is clearly an important aspect to uniting government, industry, and academia in the fight against today’s threats. The United States government – the military in particular – needs to take charge and lead this effort. Leading by example is a key component to success.

President Obama’s Executive Order 13691 is a good idea in theory; the actual implementation of how the information sharing will happen remains to be seen. I would really like to see this succeed in such a way that it is both useful and not privacy invasive. Americans need to be assured their data will be anonymized and not mishandled, while at the same time be used in a manner that will help the country get ahead of the cyber security threat landscape.