Cyber Resilience Critical
To Protecting DoD Systems, Mission
While the USA, allies and partners are working diligently to
defend against malicious and destabilizing activities in cyberspace,
those defenses may not be robust enough and adversaries are taking
advantage of that, the deputy assistant secretary of defense for
cyber policy Thomas C. Wingfield said on November 19, 2020.
While the importance of the Defense Department's cyber force is indisputable, it is not enough, Wingfield said.
"I have seen very clearly that the single most important component in protecting our shared security, liberty and prosperity are leaders who understand the promise and pitfalls of technology," he said, adding that leaders also need to work with allies, interagency partners and industry to ensure cyber resilience."
Organizations need to move from a paradigm of cybersecurity, to
one of cyber resilience," he said.
Cyber resilience is necessary for those systems to withstand an
attack or to quickly recover from one while continuing to operate
effectively to achieve an objective, he said.
To achieve a measure of cyber resilience, senior leadership must
be involved. Personnel up and down the chain of command need to be
trained and tested regularly, he said. While cybersecurity may
largely be the concern of the information technology or
cybersecurity staff, cyber resilience is the responsibility of an