Rodgin Cohen and John Evangelakos Co-author Wall Street Journal Op-Ed Calling for Formation of U.S. Department of Cybersecurity

July 11, 2017

On July 11, the Wall Street Journal published an op-ed co-authored by Rodgin Cohen and John Evangelakos titled “America Isn’t Ready for a ‘Cyber 9/11’,” in which they called for the United States to form a cabinet-level agency called the Department of Cybersecurity. Rodgin and John underscore the threat cyberattacks pose to national security, warning that “the prospect of a ‘cyber 9/11’ grows likelier every day.” They outline the ways in which the effectiveness of current governmental cybersecurity efforts is limited by their division among at least 11 federal agencies, as well as how a unified agency would create efficiencies, improve collaboration with the private economy and state and local governments and attract top talent, increasing chances of avoiding a major cyber crisis. They also lay out several recommendations addressing the challenges of forming such an agency. “A new federal office for cybersecurity can provide the unification, collaboration, coherence, skills and leadership to implement a comprehensive policy that counters the existential cyber threats America must confront,” they conclude. “Too much is at stake to ignore the problem any longer.”