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Thu Jun 25, 2020, 08:25 PM

America's pandemic response doesn't bode well for a potential cyberattack

America’s pandemic response doesn’t bode well for a potential cyberattack

Opinion by
David Ignatius
Columnist
June 25, 2020 at 5:51 p.m. CDT

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/americas-pandemic-response-doesnt-bode-well-for-a-potential-cyberattack/2020/06/25/8031f094-b720-11ea-a510-55bf26485c93_story.html

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This stark message was contained in a little-noticed white paper recently released by the bipartisan Cyberspace Solarium Commission, titled “Cybersecurity Lessons From the Pandemic.” As the paper highlighted, the covid-19 outbreak has been a stress test for our national crisis-management system — and that system has, to a frightening extent, failed. The challenges of a cyberattack would be even greater.

Sen. Angus King (I-Maine) and Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-Wis.), the panel’s co-chairs, describe the disorganized response to covid-19 this way: “The pandemic produces cascading effects and high levels of uncertainty. It has undermined normal policymaking processes and, in the absence of the requisite preparedness, has forced decision makers to craft hasty and ad hoc emergency responses.”

President Trump’s chaotic and sometimes counterproductive personal management of the covid-19 crisis has underlined the need for clear executive authority that can coordinate different federal agencies and state and local responders. Trump dismantled or disdained the management tools that might have been useful — and seemed to develop a love-hate relationship with experts who could have helped frame a coherent response, such as Anthony S. Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

This problem of coordinating the executive branch in a national crisis was the centerpiece of a report issued in March by the Cyberspace Solarium Commission. The group brought together Congress, the executive branch and private experts to recommend how to cope with the threat of a crippling cyberattack. As the report was released, covid-19 was beginning to spread in the United States, and I wrote that the pandemic was a foretaste of what we’d experience in a debilitating cyberattack. Now, after three months of White House missteps, the commission’s findings are even more relevant.

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Response to marble falls (Original post)

Thu Jun 25, 2020, 08:41 PM

1. Putin, Bannon, the GOP is taking down the internet and cell system in most of the country

on election day.

Count on it.

GOd I hope patriots somewhere are ASSUMING this and at least trying to prevent it.

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Thu Jun 25, 2020, 09:02 PM

2. If this were WWll, with Philippe Petain...er ah, trump in charge...

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Vichy Water, anyone?

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Thu Jun 25, 2020, 09:25 PM

3. Eine glasse kaltes klares vasser bitte ...

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