In the wake of all of the cyber attacks, big box store breaches, bank breaches and cyber espionage there are other organizations that are at war with these bad actors in cyber space. The cybersecurity industry is only focused now on big government and private sector for profit companies and state sponsored organizations. However, there are a growing number of highly successful and productive cybersecurity non-profit organizations and think-tanks that are in operation but do not have the means for funding their continued operations of protecting the United States from these types of cyber-attacks.
These organizations educate consumers, small businesses and university students about the growing threat of cybersecurity as well as how to defend against such threats. However, it takes a lot of funding in order to keep these types of non-profit organizations afloat. David Jevans, a CEO of a small private cybersecurity company named Marble Security, also leads a small non-profit start up called Anti-Phishing Working Group which is known for assisting other small businesses set up and defend their enterprise against such cyber-attacks. He states that he personally sees how much funding is going to large government organizations and even large defense contractors but none of the funding is going towards the small businesses, non-profits or think-tanks in the realm of cybersecurity operations across the United States. He states: “It is inevitable that the United States Government will fund a huge cyber warfare capability as it was discussed in President Obama’s State of the Union Address a few weeks ago.”
David Jevans defends his request for funding non-profits and think-tanks because these organizations receive almost zero funding from the government, yet they are providing critical services to protect our country from such attacks. Many cybersecurity experts, when not spending time at their full time jobs in the private commercial sector, volunteer their off-hours and contribute them to such non-profit and think-tank organizations. These non-profit and think-tank organizations build intrusion detection and prevention systems as well as collect and gather cyber threat intelligence data for sharing and distribution across other agencies and companies for all organizations that will ultimately benefit from such service regardless if it is a for-profit or non-profit organization.
Any cyber warfare protection plan implemented by the United States must include all sections and at every level of society in the U.S. David Jevans ends his request by stating that “a small investment now in non-profits and think-tanks will far protect our government and organizations later in the future against cyber warfare.”