"We're going to have to find a way to address the interests of other states to ... find common ground," Secretary of State John Kerry says. "We're just going to have to dig into it a lot deeper. I don't have a magic silver bullet to throw at you here today."
The answer seems obvious, especially in the context of IT security and information risk. Yet, is it, especially when developing codes and standards, as well as funding research and development initiatives that involve taxpayer money?
South Carolina's Revenue Department went nearly a year without a chief information security officer before its tax system was hacked this summer. The agency's chief says the state couldn't find a qualified candidate for the job that pays $100,000 a year.
As seen on YouTube, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, more than any other chief executive, in or out of government, is out front leading the response to a breach of its tax system. It's been an education for the governor as well as South Carolinians.
Gov. Nikki Haley realizes the potential political consequences of a breach, which explains why she held three press conferences on three consecutive days to address her administration's response to a computer breach of the state's tax IT system.
A key aim of the Next Generation Cyber Initiative has been to expand the FBI's ability to quickly define 'the attribution piece' of a cyberattack to help determine an appropriate response, the FBI's Richard McFeely says.
What's missing from remarks by Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and others is how the stalemate that led to the filibuster of the Cybersecurity Act could be resolved. Will the election make a difference?
Sen. Susan Collins, who, like President Obama, backs the Cybersecurity Act, cautions the president against issuing an executive order to protect the nation's critical IT, saying it would send an signal that congressional action isn't urgently needed.
The Democratic Party platform on cybersecurity suggests that President Obama will take unilateral action to safeguard the nation's critical IT infrastructure because of Congress' inability to enact comprehensive cybersecurity legislation.
"The costly and heavy-handed regulatory approach by the current administration will increase the size and cost of the federal bureaucracy and harm innovation in cybersecurity," states the Republican Party platform.