Contradictions in U.S. cybersecurity policy – Homeland Security Newswire

The United States wants a secure cyberspace, but its intelligence agencies have found enormous utility in using their own computer hacking capabilities to collect confidential information from foreign adversaries; this raises the question of how the U.S. government can push for global cybersecurity while at the same time using cyber means to collect intelligence on potentially threatening regimes such as Iran.

Chris Bronk, a fellow of information technology policy at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, calls on the intelligence community jointly to create a policy on cybersecurity and determine the degree to which the United States should protect intellectual property and national infrastructure of other nations. Bronk also comments on how aggressive the United States should be in its proactive cyber-spying activities.