Former DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff Says NSA's Einstein 3 Is “˜Where We Have To Go' In Cyber Security; Calls For International Cyber Security Cooperation

Michael Chertoff, former Bush Administration Department of Homeland Security Secretary and founder of The Chertoff Group, spoke at a Potomac Officers Club luncheon event a few weeks back to discuss with top executives the growing market of cybersecurity applications and where he sees the future of cybersecurity headed.

Chertoff spoke of the need to engage, define and regulate cyber crime on an international level. Chertoff asked the question, “what is the line between an individual acting on his or her own, [someone] who is motivated by sympathy, someone who is enabled by a foreign government, someone who has a foreign government turning a blind eye, and someone who is actually being ordered by a foreign government?“

Chertoff believes international cooperation and law enforcement is a must when defining the new cyber frontier. According to Chertoff, the international community must “write the doctrine“ and ask “what is the meaning of deterrence in a world of cyber warfare? How do we deal with cross-border crime? What are the responsibilities of countries to make sure they don't create platforms for cyber attacks against other countries?“

The former DHS Secretary then went on to discuss where the future of cybersecurity is headed and what needs to become the rule and not the exception of cybersecurity in the public and private sectors. Chertoff used the Einstein 1, 2, and 3 government projects at the POC luncheon as examples. To Chertoff, Einstein 1 was “the cop, who after a cyber attack was called in to do a forensic analysis“. Chertoff compared Einstein 2 with “the cop who is on the side of a road with a radar gun who can say if someone is drunk or speeding and they can phone ahead and warn that that person is coming.“

Einstein 3, a NSA technology scheduled to be expanded throughout U.S. government agencies, is supported by Chertoff. Einstein 3 has the real-time technological capability to be the model and future of US cybersecurity, according to Chertoff. “We all“¦want the cop to make the arrest. We want to stop the attack,“ Chertoff said. “That is being currently tested in“¦Einstein 3. And when that is tested and deployed, that is where we have to go for government systems.“

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