Cyber Security is Finally a Federal Priority

Politics in D.C. have finally come together to discuss
options for making Americas online infrastructure a safer place. Whispers
about cyber security have been present in capital hill for sometime, but the
executive branch has very recently become vocal about the need for increased
security measures. Within the past month, President Obama has addressed
congress to ask for its support in creating IT security best practices.

The role of the government in cyber
for businesses and individuals has created the biggest divide for
lawmakers. Last year a Filibuster in congress prevented any significant Internet
security laws from being passed. Fuel from China has been added to this fire,
as there have been several accounts of Chinese intrusion into the intellectual
property files of American corporations. We have more proprietary information
than ever before online, which has created a large potential risk. It is
imperative we reduce this risk as much as possible, as quickly as possible.

President Obama has addressed this issue to congress and has
seen progress on both sides as they appear more willing to compromise. Many
people initially thought cyber security was a passing matter, however,
lawmakers now understand that digital attacks can do as much damage as physical
attacks. Even though progress is being made, this issue cannot only be
addressed at the federal level as it is relevant to all individuals. It is
important for citizens to educate themselves on cyber security and take
proactive steps to ensure their own safety. Fraud prevention
will become more important and more robust now that the
government is scrutinizing online security. There is simply too much at risk to
not be invested in online security. Like the old saying goes, an ounce of
prevention is worth a pound of solution.

[Contributed by EVS Marketing]

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