Recognize the Role of Private Enterprise in Protecting Critical Infrastructure and Cybersecurity

Recognize the Role of Private Enterprise in Protecting Critical Infrastructure and Cybersecurity

January 23, 2009

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In both the physical and cyber worlds, the line between government protection and private security is not necessarily a bright one. The government’s role is rooted in its defense function, a power delegated to it by citizens. We rely upon the government’s courts, police, and military to protect us; yet at the same time, we rely upon a complementary and indispensable private sector security function. While government’s primary reason for being is the protection of society, we nonetheless require private strategies—such as security guards, gated communities, door locks, burglar alarms, firewalls, and anti-virus software—to be really secure.