Here's what I’m reading this week:
- What can you do in 10 days?: One of the biggest workforce challenges in cybersecurity is trying to get existing talent into the federal government to help secure our nation's critical data and systems. Many proposals have been floated to bring more talent – including the success story of the United States Digital Service. But more are desparately needed. Congressman Will Hurd has a new proposal: 10-day government tours of duty in a "cyber national guard," that would bring private sector experts into government for quick sprints on targeted projects. Ten days is an incredibly short time window. But if a program like this could lure talented people for an annual committment, organized agencies might be able to make good use of them on focused projects. The devil is in the details for any proposal like this, but we need more outside-the-box thinking if we're going to tackle this skills shortage. And this is certainly outside the box.
I'm reading: "Rep. Hurd's Solution for Tech Talent Shortage: 10 Day Tours of Duty."
- A yuan for your thoughts: The Cyberspace Administration of China released a new essay on September 15th laying out China's goals and priorities in cyberspace. A new translation of that essay into English, released this week by New America, gives all of us a chance to ponder exactly what China is thinking and planning as they head into next month's 19th Party Congress. As you might guess, the essay is a fascinating – if at times impenatrable – read. The essay makes China's high priority clear when it declares that: "Without cybersecurity there is no national security; without informatization there is no modernization." China is one of the greatest counter-weights to the United States in shaping global cybersecurity development and strategy, and this document is a great chance to get a better feel for just what they are thinking.
I'm reading: "China’s Strategic Thinking on Building Power in Cyberspace:
A Top Party Journal’s Timely Explanation Translated."
- A robot car in every driveway; a robot car in every garage: The holy grail of automated cars is the Jetsons' image from cartoons: a vehicle zipping merrily down the road with no driver at all, while its passengers work or play in the back. This image may be far away, but it got a boost today when the Senate agreed to a deal to make it easier for automakers to put this futuristic vision on the road. We haven't seen the actual draft legislation yet, and it should be interesting to see what – if any – attention is paid to the security implications of putting us all in self-driving, remotely accessible data centers.
I'm reading: "US Senate reaches deal on self-driving cars."
- "Pocket-sized digital communicating devices" for the executive on the go: We live today in a world of exponential technological complexity that has brought amazing productivity and raised inescapable security challenges. Any time we think about planning for the security of tomorrow, it's important to be reminded that the path of innovation is winding, with many unexpected turns and fits and starts. A perfect reminder of what this means is to look back at the technology discussions of yesterday. Witness this debate, from 1992, about whether "pocket-sized digital communicating devices" would be a winning market in the years to come.
I'm reading: "The Executive Computer; 'Mother of All Markets' or a 'Pipe Dream Driven by Greed'?"