NASA is one of the best positioned U.S. agencies to foster cybersecurity cooperation on a global scale, according to Symantec’s CTO. Speaking at the NASA IT Summit, Mark Bregman, Chief Technology Officer at Symantec, said collaboration on cyber is currently lacking in the international arena but NASA may be able to pick up the slack.
“Diplomacy on worldwide cybersecurity cooperation is not working well at the tactical level,” he said. “Technology is developing at such a rapid pace that policymakers are playing a catch-up game. There’s an urgent need for diplomacy to kick starter international cooperation on cybersecurity.”
In the past, NASA has worked with other nations on space-related projects and may be best positioned to lead the charge in cyber.
“I think NASA plays a unique role as a very visible and open agency that can play unique role to encourage global cooperation in the world of cyber security,” Bregman said.
One of the biggest challenges is the lack of a common metrical standard for cyber, both within the government and internationally. Additionally, a clear definition of cybersecurity has not been developed, which hinders attempts to create appropriate dialogue.
The United States also must overcome the unwillingness or apathy of other nations in working together on cyber issues, Bregman said.
“Many nations have no real incentive to collaborate with the U.S.,” he said.