Cybersecurity is much more than protecting computer systems and critical infrastructure from possible threats. Passive defense is just one component of effective cybersecurity. It also needs research (both short and long term, applied and fundamental), support for better law enforcement, international collaboration and cooperation, and training for both the public and the people who will work in the field. Since cybersecurity is a relatively new specialization, and a rapidly changing field, there aren’t enough trained practitioners or a sufficient base of foundational research to meet current needs. Without investing in training and research in addition to defense and cybercrime efforts, we risk maintaining the current default of being more reactive than proactive to cybersecurity threats.

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