CACI International Chief Executive Officer Paul Cofoni is pleased with the Obama administration’s recent push to highlight the importance of cybersecurity and boost public awareness. However, in a recent interview with GovInfoSecurity.com, the cyber expert expressed his concerns that the “pace of activity is not what it needs to be,” for cyber defense.
During the interview, Cofoni explained his fears that the potential threat of a cyber attack is getting placed in the bottom of the pile when it should be among the top concerns.
“We’re trying to do too many things,” Cofoni said in a recent interview with GovInfoSecurity.com. “If this were my family, I’d call for a family meeting and say, ‘We’re trying to do too much, and we’re not going to get enough any one of these done unless we put them in some sensible priority order and attack the most important. Cyber defense suffers from being one of many priorities.”
Cofoni explained that the attention must be paid to the top national situations, rather than spread evenly out. He said that cyber threats belong on the top of that list.
“It’s not like an oil spill, which is a catastrophe – a visible, national, and actually, global catastrophe,” Cofoni said. “But, cyber could emerge that way. If we’re attacked and it caused a major disruption to our supply chain, our food supply, our water supply, our medicine supply, overnight, cyber could suddenly become the most visible.”
Cofoni also explained that it is imperative that the nation begins to build partnerships between the public and private sectors in light of the recent legislation passed focused on cyber protection.