How Do We Make Cybersecurity a Priority? with Matthew Burton
We are in the middle of the largest known attack ever perpetrated on a US city, and the attackers may have deliberately minimized the damage to critical systems like 911 and water. There's no reason to believe future attackers will do the same. Future cyber attacks will have very serious impacts on the daily lives of tens of millions of people. Atlanta can be a motivator for other cities to improve. Or it can be the first in a long line of lessons not learned. How can we get cybersecurity to become a priority for government?
Matthew Burton has spent his career working to improve government organizations, with a focus on how technology can and cannot help. He currently works for Hadron Industries, a software firm founded by an Apple engineer-turned-US Army MEDEVAC pilot. Hadron builds collaboration products for missions susceptible to fog of war, including disaster response and cyberdefense. He has previously worked as the Deputy and Acting Chief Information Officer at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau; as a technology consultant to the US Intelligence Community; and as an intelligence analyst at the Defense Intelligence Agency, where he specialized in Russian telecommunications and media manipulation. He has written extensively about the role of technology in democracy, including in the opening chapter of O'Reilly Media's "Open Government" (2010). He has a BA in Public Policy and Russian from Duke University and a Masters from NYU's Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP).