Tate’s too polite to mention it, but in his professional capacity he has an op-ed with Jerry Brito in the Christian Science Monitor. They argue that the current regulatory bugaboo around internet security is a waste of mental bandwidth. I see it as self-serving rent-seeking by an outside consultant.
Bush administration cybersecurity chief Michael McConnell recently warned that the United States “is fighting a cyber-war today, and we are losing.”
According to McConnell, now a vice president at Booz Allen Hamilton, “our power grids, air and ground transportation, telecommunications, and water-filtration systems are in jeopardy.” More recently, Sens. Jay Rockefeller (D) and Olympia Snowe (R) wrote about “sophisticated cyber adversaries” with the potential “to disrupt or disable vital information networks, which could cause catastrophic economic loss and social havoc.”
Yet none of the prognosticators of disaster presents any evidence to sustain their claims. They mention the Google breach, but that was an act of espionage that, while serious, did not lead to catastrophe. (Ed. – emphasis mine.)
They provide a massive grain of salt for such breathless chicken-little-ing.