Amid "tectonic shifts" across the globe, private industry rather than the U.S. government will ultimately fill the cyber security void, according to former CIA and NSA Director Michael Hayden. Moreover, the U.S. government will be permanently late to protecting U.S. citizens in the cyber domain, Hayden predicted.
Hayden, speaking at the Ingram Micro ONE conference today in Las Vegas, painted a troubling picture of the current threat landscape. Nation states play less of a role in the cyber terror landscape. Instead, sub-state actors and even individuals are now empowered to raise terror across the Internet and associated IT infrastructure.
Hayden conceded that the U.S.'s NSA operation is really good at stealing information. But, he added, "We steal information to keep you safe and free. We don’t do it for profit."
The Cavalry Isn't Coming
But in terms of the U.S. government providing and enforcing cyber security "the cavalry isn't coming," he asserted. Instead, private industry is filling the void. "I believe in the cyber domain the main body that will protect us is not the government. It's industry."
In the meantime, SMBs can more effectively safeguard themselves by moving workloads to the cloud -- where economies of scale kick in. "Move to someone who can do security at scale," Hayden asserted.