Just ask a professional. It’s the person who doesn’t use the word ‘cyber’ to prefix everything they say.
Truly insightful comment. Of course it eliminates virtually anyone working in, for, or around the US government, beginning first and foremost with the idiots in Congress who stepped in it by deciding that the answer was to legislate that things be secure. This in turned spawned an entire industry operating on the premise that certification is better than competence, and that by collecting enough data, in enough different data bases, big data analytics will magically optimize the government's IT infrastructure and achieve cybersecurity.
Coincidentally, I ran into a friend yesterday who has recently gotten into the cybersecurity business. He had been in the anti-tamper business. The name means what it implies, and includes various methods of preventing exploitation of classified hardware/software resources by physical destruction. This obviously a narrow and specialized market, most consumers objecting as they do to things bursting into flames. It is, however, a handy feature for military operations.
He told me that anti-tamper was now part of cybersecurity. I asked him, "And, how long did it take you to find out that this was simply a ploy to transfer your funding to a bunch of IT contractors who don't actually do anything."
He gave me a funny look, and said, "We got a 14 million dollar program. The budget for anti-tamper work was zeroed out."
Similarly, requirements for information assurance--ensuring the quality of service, reliability, and, yes, security, necessary to provide the right information for real-time command and control--were subsumed under "cybersecurity." These are attributes of a system where the physical layer matters, and where we face daunting challenges that are largely being ignored, by a generation of technological nitwits who talk about "unlimited" (some use the term "infinite") bandwidth as though it were something real.
My impression is that cybersecurity is simply another cash cow for special interests who have found a source of revenue exempt from the onerous burden of having to meet hard performance specifications. A field where perception is reality, and anything that can be asserted, however idiotic, is as good as the truth.
From that perspective, Giuliani's appointment makes perfect sense.