Cybersecurity trickle down isn't working and George Washington would've known it.
In the 18th Century, the British Army was the best - countless battles and numerous victories. Their effect was absolute and unmatchable - or so it seemed. Ole' Gorgeous George W knew that having any chance at success against the Lobsterbacks would mean not fighting them on traditional terms - two national armies warring head to head? Yea, that wouldn't work.
Washington not only recognized the crucial tactical advantages of militias using guerrilla tactics against the Brits, but he also appreciated that the love of the nation and its defense must start at the local level. This began with Americans' willingness to defend their properties and families on their own and with neighbors. From the bottom up, this spirit created militias and a solid, steadfast, and victorious Army; the same that maintained it's self-defending spirit to become the best Army of the world. One of Britain's downfalls was that their Soldiers were fighting as a large behemoth, without the local reach the American's enjoyed.
I've begun to view cybersecurity and digital protection in similar manners. Before I get into that, some background:
The good thing was that these companies and governments got better at cybersecurity - they hardened their defenses. The bad thing? Hackers decided it was more economical to attack a higher number of unprotected little guys for less money and with less of a chance of getting caught.
The problem with all of this was that we started at the top - we started with the large national army of cybersecurity, just like the Brits. But a large national army can't defend every individual citizen or their small businesses. Us citizens, if we rely on someone else for protection, are defenseless.
And I'll be the first to tell you that the tools that are out there are confusing and the explanations of cybersecurity concepts can be way too complex. But they don't have to be...
There's hope! I'm not comparing myself and ENABLD to George "I cross the Delaware on a sneak attack on
And by working our way up, the small, but critical gaps that the large government organizations and big businesses have that always lead to the big breaches and our personal info getting stolen - like the employee with reused password - will start to shrink, thanks to a more informed citizenry.
An American Cyber Self-Defense League? Hmm, sounds like we'll need some cool uniforms or capes...