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Christopher Smith: Private Firms Should Lead National Cyber Strategy to Address Cyber Attacks

Christopher Smith, a regulatory research associate at the National Defense Industrial Association’s policy division, has said the private sector should take the initiative to lead the implementation of the National Cyber Strategy.

Smith wrote in a National Defense Magazine opinion piece posted Tuesday that companies will be outpaced by their competitors if they continue to wait for the federal government to set up the rules for the execution of cybersecurity initiatives.

"With cyber threats and regulation looming, the uncertain defense contracting environment offers businesses an opportunity to embrace innovation, to position themselves where demand will be tomorrow rather than standing pat where it is today," he noted.

The NDIA associate added that defense firms should modify their business strategies and operations around cybersecurity as a priority.

Smith said that the National Cyber Strategy will provide new rules that will possibly affect operations in the defense industry.

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