Following the news that President Donald Trump is seeking what he called a “historic” increase in defense spending, but ran into immediate opposition from Republicans in Congress who must approve his plan and said it was not enough to meet the military’s needs. Ryan Kalember, SVP of Cybersecurity Strategy at Proofpoint commented below.
Ryan Kalember, SVP of Cybersecurity Strategy at Proofpoint:
“The sophistication and tactics of today’s cybercriminals are outpacing us and throwing billions of additional dollars at defense spending will be meaningless if a robust cybersecurity plan isn’t woven into an overall defense strategy. Modern warfare extends beyond the physical battlefield—and a cyber incident can have a real, lasting impact. Shutting down power grids, immobilizing homeland security intelligence, taking down entire municipalities, and even manipulating a political election are all examples of how digital attacks are manifesting today. Aligning a physical and cyber national defense strategy and providing budgets to support this broader scope of defense is necessary for countries across the globe to ensure fortification against current threats.”