Will President Barack Obama’s 2016 State of the Union Address on Tuesday avoid topics on cyber security? According to the Federal Times, a preview of the speech indicates that remarks on cyber security aren’t included — at least at this time.
If or when cyber security is addressed, Armor founder and CEO Chris Drake wants to see a focus on education. Drake believes that our deficiencies in cyber defense are directly related to the educational system’s lag in math, science and, to a point, relevant security curriculum and degree paths.
“The fact is that we’re not doing all we can to develop creative minds who have math and science depth,” Drake tells the Federal Times. “We have a watered-down educational system that treats the arts as electives and not as a requirement.
“If we, as a nation, start removing the limits we place on our brightest so that we’re fair to the masses, they will change the world for the better. Cyber security will be one of the many things that are improved.”
The Federal Times spoke to leaders from other global cyber security firms and they mirror the hopes that the address cover new details on cyber defense policy and plans to protect critical infrastructure, as well as support of and collaboration with the private sector.
It’s too soon to tell if the preview of the address will be amended to focus on cyber security. But after the topic was a staple of the 2015 dialogue — and then the subsequent breaches of OPM and the IRS — it would seem the cyber issues facing the country are more important than ever.