The stakes 'could not be any higher': CISA chief talks about the tech challenges ahead

Security by design needs to be ingrained in software development and innovative thinking is required to help secure society against cyber attacks as technology become a bigger part of our everyday lives, the chief of the US Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has warned.

CISA director Jen Easterly said that while it’s important to focus on the cybersecurity issues of today, it’s also important to look to the challenges that wait in future. 

“The stakes in the decade ahead could not be any higher particularly for those of us in technology and cybersecurity,” she said, warning that it’s “critical” to focus on the overriding values that must underpin cyber defense over the next decade.

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Alongside the current challenges facing cybersecurity – like ransomware and supply chain attacks – emerging technologies could bring new threats. For example, the rise of Internet of Things (IoT) connected smart cities could provide cyber criminals and other hostile attackers with a direct means to disrupt and tamper with services people use every day – unless it’s designed properly and from day one. 

But cybersecurity itself wasn’t the only challenges Easterly pointed

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