President Trump’s First Order of Business
I remember bomb shelters. They were later called fallout shelters and all school children were trained on what to do when we heard the sirens. If the siren sounded, we knew that World War III had started and we had to get to the nearest shelter to protect ourselves from the radio active fallout of nuclear bomb blasts.
We practiced our evacuation plan but never actually went to the bomb shelters that were located throughout the community. For practice it was good enough to hide under our desks, presumably until we could be moved to the bomb shelters. In schools that had basements, the basements were often used as the shelters. Perhaps the students at those schools went to the basements bomb shelters during drills.
Today’s big threat is not nuclear, its cyber. Our national security is not threatened by our enemies amassing nuclear weapons to pound us back into the dark ages. They openly plunder our intellectual property stored on our computer systems.
The U.S. has fallen prey to cyber forays into 27 (and counting) major U.S. corporations since September 2014. The guess is that more major corporations have been hacked but do not want to publicly acknowledge that they have been hacked. Some of the hacks that will grab your attention - Sony Pictures Entertainment, Gigya, Chick-Fil-A, Staples, Inc., Morgan Stanley, Uber, Penn State University. In some cases credit has been taken for these attacks as when The Syrian Electronic Army claimed responsibility for the attacks on GoDaddy, CNBC, Forbes, the Chicago Tribune, PCWorld and others.(<http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2015/11/cyber-attacks-on-us-companies-since-november-2014>, Cyber Attacks on U.S. Companies Since November 2014)
Recurrent attackers are Russia, China, and North Korea, with Russia being so bold as to even attempt to tamper with our electoral process. Seventeen U.S. intelligence agencies have all said that Russia was the responsible party for the hacks into the Democratic National Committee and release of emails that may have impacted our recent presidential elections.
That being said, what has our government done about it? President Obama has hinted at the greatness of our capability in this new cyber era. Yet nothing has been done to curtail the attacks on our critical cyber infrastructures. It is time the world took note of whatever capability we have in this area, and I think we have great capability here.
President Obama has done a reasonable job trenching us out of economic catastrophe that loomed when he took office in January 2009 (if only he had included the 99%?). But as the Commander- in- Chief, he has provided a poor cyber infrastructure defense.
Well now it is President-elect Trump’s turn. And here, the best defense may well be offense.
It is time to turn the lights out in Russia, China, and North Korea. Just three days each, as a warning of what can be done. At the end of the third day let the lights blink three times before being restored. All three nations on the same three days. They would get the message.
Now, I’m sure a President Trump can see the significance of allowing such occurrences in Russia, China, and North Korea. U.S. assistance to turn the lights back on would drive the message. (The Defense Intelligence Agency, Federal Bureau of Investigation, National Security Administration and Central Intelligence Agency should be charged to make it happen, and restore our cyber sovereignty as a first task.)
Now if this cannot be done, someone needs to advise the U.S. citizenry of what actions to take to safeguard our cyber facilities and institutions, our email, pictures, all data that is ours.
They should tell us, whether the cloud is safe? Should we invest in encryption for email? Is there a fool- proof way to steal movies from Netflix? What exactly is the Task Manager and how do we benefit from it? Are we still connected to the internet when we log off? Is it possible for our computer cameras to be activated by Japan and start making video recordings of what goes on in our homes for blackmail at a later date? Can they make our computers attack us, or just start sending them five cents a month from our financial accounts identified on our PCs? Assuming 100,000,000 accounts this would be $5,000,000 per month, $60,000,000 a year. Nice little fee for the Japanese internment during World War II, and we’d never miss it. There is more we’d need to know if we really don’t have any cyber capability.
Be creative, tell us what we need to do to protect ourselves, as you can’t be counted on to protect us, President Trump. Yes, President Trump! You own it now, just as President Obama had to clean up after President Bush. And your record has been of a get it done guy, so you’ll find a way. We’re counting on you. You’re all we’ve got.
2 Chronicles 7:14 (NIV)