The Commerce and Homeland Security departments issue a report outlining ways of reducing cyberattacks. “Botnets represent a systemwide threat that no single stakeholder, not even the federal government, can address alone,” said one official.
Two federal departments issued a report with recommendations aimed at reducing the threat of cyberattacks, says Mission Critical Communications/Radio Resource International. The draft report comes from the Department of Commerce and the Department of Homeland Security. “Cybersecurity is perhaps one of the most serious threats we face,” said Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross. “President Trump understands the necessity of strengthening our networks and this administration is doing everything in its power to prevent bad actors from infiltrating our critical cyber infrastructure.”
The report lists five goals: Identify a clear pathway toward an adaptable, sustainable and secure technology marketplace; promote innovation to respond to to evolving threats; promote innovation to prevent, detect and mitigate bad behavior; build coalitions between the security, infrastructure and operational technology communities domestically and around the world, and “increase awareness and education across the ecosystem.” Officials focused on “botnets”–robotic networks committing cybercrime–as particularly dangerous. “Botnets represent a systemwide threat that no single stakeholder, not even the federal government, can address alone,” said Walter Copan of the National Institute of Standards and Technology. “The report recommends a comprehensive way for the public and private sectors, as well as our international partners, to work together and strengthen our defenses.”