Cybersecurity – The Conversation that Is Missing from the Presidential Debates

Amanda Regnier
March 04, 2020

While most politicians readily pay lip service to the importance of cybersecurity, little has been said that reveals much about any of the candidates’ actual policy positions or that addresses what it means in a policy context.

There is no doubt that advancements in technology are making the world we live in increasingly interconnected.

Today, just about every aspect of how we live our lives—from how we communicate, store and transmit personal information, to the production systems and supply chains that are the backbone of our economy, and how we carry out geopolitical and national security—is dependent on the internet.

However, along with our growing dependence on technology, comes the increased risk of vulnerabilities, which is why everyone should be concerned with cybersecurity.

The laws and policies our politicians put in place regarding cybersecurity have the potential to impact our privacy, our ability to express ourselves and access information freely, as well as our national infrastructure and security.   

While most politicians readily pay lip service to the importance of cybersecurity, little has been said that reveals much about any of the candidates’ actual policy positions or that addresses what it means in a policy context.

According to Kelly Shortridge, vice president of product strategy at Capsule 8, a cybersecurity firm based in New York, we are not asking our presidential candidates enough questions about where they stand on cybersecurity issues, nor are we asking the right questions.

In our View from the Inside series, Kelly shares three questions she would ask presidential candidates and why. In the article, she addresses:

  • why citizens should care about cybersecurity on the national scale
  • what cybersecurity means in a policy context
  • which questions we should be asking our politicians to better understand their positions on the cybersecurity issues that matter the most

To learn more about Kelly’s thoughts on cybersecurity and why it matters on the political stage, read the full article, “3 Questions on Cybersecurity That Should Be Asked in the Presidential Debates: A Citizen’s Guide” in the Winter issue of The Advisor.

 

Amanda Regnier is a senior wealth strategist for CIBC Private Wealth Management in New York, with 13 years of industry experience. In this role, she works closely with relationship managers to develop and implement charitable estate and wealth transfer management planning for clients as part of the firm’s integrated wealth management process.