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WHAT THE GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN OF 2019 MEANT FOR OUR COLLECTIVE CYBERSECURITY
After five weeks, the partial U.S. government shutdown of 2019 just came to a close. In its wake comes a pinch of American labor and a delay in federal employees receiving their salaries. Additionally, transportation security and other vital federal services exhibited the strain of the prolonged impasse in Washington, D.C. During this time, cyber readiness emerged as a hot conversation topic for fear of a potentially devastating cyber attack. During the shutdown we were fortunate that the Department of Homeland Security's new cyber agency, CISA, continued to operate with 57% of workers on the job. That's good news given the critical role cyber defense has claimed in national security, energy, and transportation, but it's far from good enough. With this gap in our nation's security infrastructure, what damage did the shutdown create? What have we learned in order to better prepare our cybersecurity for future political upheaval? Let's look back on the last five weeks (...and even prior to that) to see how we can repair and better protect the cyber wall.
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