Christopher Krebs: Gov’t, Industry Should Be More Realistic in Presenting Cyber Risks

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Christopher Krebs

Christopher Krebs, director of the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency and a 2019 Wash100 Award winner, said government and industry cyber professionals seeking to encourage more people to participate in efforts to counter digital threats should present such threats in a more realistic way, Nextgov reported Wednesday.

“One of the things we’ve got to do a better job of is [to] stop selling fear,” Krebs said in his keynote speech at CISA Cybersecurity Summit. “Fear sells, but we have far too much to offer to just be looking for the next mark. We’ve got to be more straightforward, more measured, more reasonable in how we talk about [threats].”

He also cited how outreach programs could help agencies and industry address the cyber workforce shortage.

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