National Cyber Director Chris Inglis calls for 'new social contract' to redistribute risk

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Feb 22, 2022 | CYBERSCOOP

Cyberspace needs a “new social contract” where “isolated individuals, small businesses and local governments” no longer shoulder “absurd levels of risk,” says a top U.S. cyber official.

National Cyber Director Chris Inglis, writing in Foreign Affairs over the weekend with a senior adviser, said that the tech sector should make deeper investments in hardware and software security and the U.S. government should take a greater role in fostering digital defenses.

“Those more capable of carrying the load — such as governments and large firms — must take on some of the burden, and collective, collaborative defense needs to replace atomized and divided efforts,” write Inglis and Harry Krejsa, the acting assistant national cyber director for strategy and research. “Until then, the problem will always look like someone else’s to solve.”

Their overarching message about the need to improve private-public cooperation has been a refrain of cyber experts for decades. The duo touted how the Biden administration, however, has sought to advance that cause with policies like an expansive May executive order, or the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency’s creation of the Joint Cyber Defense Collaborative that focuses on teaming with

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