Cybercrime is one of the biggest threats to our country.
From every day Americans falling prey to credit card theft to the hijacking of our democratic system by foreign states, it’s clear that cybercrime is an attack on all fronts. We’re distracted by the administration’s pathological obsession with building a border wall that we’re forgetting our entire nation is porous to cyber-attacks.
We need to put funds into counterintelligence and combatting cybercrime. We need to treat cybercrime for what it really is: terrorism. Many experts, from historians to those members of the federal government charged with fighting cybercrime, believe that cybercrime represents the New Cold War. The major combatants are the same, but the battleground has changed and grown. We’re more vulnerable than ever.
We need to increase funding for educational and vocational programs that train Americans, especially our tech-savvy youth, to join the fight against cybercrime. The need for trained forensic experts in counter-cybercrime units is growing exponentially every year, everywhere from local police to the federal government. We can train and employ a host of Americans through workforce development programs dedicated to counter-cyber terrorism.
As a member of Congress, I would push for the ideas above, but I wouldn’t stop there. I’d call for the creation of a commission to investigate this issue and determine more ways to address this epidemic problem. It’s imperative that members of Congress understand this issue thoroughly, because it’s an issue that threatens our democracy, our economy, our families and children, and the very foundation of a safe and secure society.
After all, what’s the message we’re giving to the world when we allow meddling in the purest exercise in our democratic system: voting?