Improved Cybersecurity Data Could Yield Better Practices, Policies
The federal government needs more concrete data about the nation’s cybersecurity performance, said speakers during an event on Aug. 3, hosted by nonprofit public policy research organization R Street.
Such information would help the U.S. tell exactly how well recommended defense and resiliency practices work and guide its investments and policies accordingly, said Dylan Presman, director for budget and assessment in the Office of the National Cyber Director.
“Tracking cybersecurity performance with metrics provides insight into which tools and interventions are effective, provides us with early warning when they’re not effective, or when new interventions are needed to consider and additional resources needed,” Presman said. “Unless we understand how these responses impact national security performance, it’s impossible to prioritize resources and funding appropriately.”