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Cybersecurity should be more active, official says – The Washington Post

September 18, 2012 Leave a comment Go to comments

The federal government has taken a “failed approach” to cybersecurity, with efforts that focus on reducing vulnerabilities rather than actively deterring attackers, according to one of the FBI’s top former cyber officials.

Steven Chabinsky, a 17-year bureau veteran who stepped down this month as the FBI’s top cyber lawyer, argued that the movement to set security standards for companies — which has been a goal for the Obama administration and the focus of congressional debate — is useful only “in the margins.”

More important is to enable companies whose computer networks are targeted by criminals and foreign intelligence services to detect who’s penetrating their systems and to take more aggressive action to defend themselves, Chabinsky said in his first interview since leaving office.

“The FBI needs stronger partners in the private sector who can figure out who the bad guys are, and there needs to be much stronger relationships between the private sector, law enforcement and the courts to ensure that all the legal authorities that exist can be brought to bear against cyberattackers,” he said.

The remarks by Chabinsky are the latest warning from former top cyber officials.

Earlier this year, Shawn Henry, who recently retired as the FBI’s top cyber-sleuth, said that the government and the private sector, which controls the country’s critical computer networks, should work together to take more assertive action against sophisticated foreign adversaries.

The role of the private sector in aggressively defending itself has become a hot issue in cyber circles.

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