Technology security visionary Dr. Stephen Bryen has published a new collection of pivotal essays on national security and cyber security to help policy makers and citizens understand the real threats facing the security of the United States.“Essays in Technology, Security and Strategy” targets important questions including:
• Is the U.S. still a Great Power?
• Will NATO and Europe fight?
• Will Japan build its own nuclear weapons?
• Why Iraq is a national security disaster
• After an Iran deal will there be a Saudi-Israeli alliance?
• Why spying is out of control
• Sharing our defense budget with China
Dr. Stephen Bryen has 40 years of experience in government and industry. He has served as a senior staff director of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, as the Executive Director of a grass roots political organization, as the head of the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs, as the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Trade Security Policy, as the founder and first director of the Defense Technology Security Administration, as the President of Delta Tech Inc., as the President of Finmeccanica North America, and as a Commissioner of the U.S. China Security Review Commission. Dr. Bryen's extensive experience and high effectiveness has earned him the highest civilian awards of the U.S. Defense Department on two occasions and established him as a proven government, civic and business leader in Washington D.C. and internationally.
Laura Northrup in Consumerist reports that the IRS, which was just hacked allegedly by the Russians is still using Windows XP which is 13 years old and no longer supported by Microsoft with security fixes. The IRS fraud catching software is "two decades old" says Northrup.
The real problem I argue in my book is that we can't depend on commercial software to run sensitive government systems, everything from the IRS, social security to military programs.
I have nothing against commercial software companies. But trying to make something secure that is designed to be open, is a hard, impossible task.
Essays in Technology, Security and Strategy
It is time for the US government, critical infrastructure components, the military and important businesses to dump Microsoft and Google*. The products of these two companies, and many others, built primarily for entertainment have no place in sensitive government and business operations.