A decision has been made to open a new Homeland Security office in the Silicon Valley. Cyber security are the new buzz words. Homeland Security thinks it needs to bring its forces into this highly technological area to work with the private sector to improve and reduce cyber crime.
The many recent security breaches have cost millions not only to the private sector, sbut to national and international companies, and poses a huge threat to our national security.
In an announcement at the recent RSA conference, United States Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson stated that Homeland Security will be opening an office in Silicon Valley specifically to address issues related to cyber crime and cyber security.
Homeland Security, and most specifically Secretary Johnson, has been outspoken in terms of how he feels the latest rash of cyber infractions have been handled by the private sector. According to Johnson, opening a satellite office in Silicon Valley will not only give the private sector competition in hiring practices, but will also be an impetus for increasing encryption knowledge and practices.
Can the government, via Homeland Security work hand in hand with the private sector in Silicon Valley? Johnson is encouraging employees with a technical background to consider employment with the government. That is encouraging to those in the field who may be looking for jobs, but a concern to private sector employers in the area.
Two major cyber companies Apple and Google are working to encrypt information stored by their customers. Government officials view this as a direct conflict in solving crimes where information from a perpetrator’s phone or computer might be used as evidence.
Data breaches in major corporations and government agencies has to be stopped, of course. With ever increasing technology comes more responsibility and awareness. Privacy issues and cyber security lead us to that proverbial slippery slope. At what point should data be secure from the government? If encryption is at a level that ensures its security from the government, how is it accessed if needed and should it be accessed at all? Where does
There are two issues, the first being keeping our information safe from terrorists and others, within our own borders who commit cyber crime; and two, where do we draw the line with an individual’s privacy?
Hopefully, these issues will be successfully addressed by having a Homeland Security office on the left coast.