In what turned out to be an uncannily well-timed post last week, I blogged about my testimony in front of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee on the need for cyber policy, strategy and organization. The next day, world governments were hit by a truly global cyberattack, the likes of which we’ve not previously seen.

Though we’re not quite to a ‘cyber Pearl Harbor’ situation as I discussed in a recent Foreign Policy post, threats have been percolating under the surface for some time and have reared their heads vis-à-vis the business community (see the N. Korean attack on Sony Pictures in 2014) with alarming regularity (see any of the recent Yahoo attacks).

This latest so-called ‘WannaCry’ attack on governments has re-focused minds on the need for a plan to detect, deter, and defend against future cyberattacks whether they come from nation-states, criminal actors, or hacktivists/terrorists. I was on CNBC’s Squawk Box Tuesday morning to discuss – watch the video below to see more:

There’s no doubt that the numbers associated with this attack are staggering. Sweeping across 150 countries and targeting governments’ infrastructure, ‘WannaCry’ has generally wreaked havoc. It’s a reminder that, as I mentioned last week on The Hill, we need to work together in international fora to develop a doctrine on how to define and handle future attacks – just as we would with a global pandemic. We also need to reorganize internally, so that we have a dedicated force within the government whose remit it is to be on the watch for, and lead the charge against, attacks domestically. See the MSNBC Morning Joe segment below for more on that:

In that same vein – though we pivot topics slightly – the Trump administration seems to be finding it particularly difficult, of late, to get on message and speak with one voice.

As we say in my (former) business “loose lips sink ships” and the latest debacle of ‘did he or didn’t he inappropriately share sensitive information with the Russians?’ is damaging the hull of our government’s vessel. I shared my two cents on what this could mean ahead of President Trump’s first international trip – including his first meeting at NATO and the G7 Summit in Italy with MSNBC (link below). Hint: It’s not good.

And finally, Jeremy Hobson of NPR’s Here and Now and I spoke about some of the consequences that might arise from this misstep: what’s happened, the possible pitfalls, and who wins. We also talked a bit more in depth about what President Trump needs to do on this trip abroad and where he may succeed. To hear more on that, listen to the link below:

As always, thanks for reading.

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