For a long time, those of us in the technology industry have been concerned over our leader’s lack of technical prowess.
Leaders in Washington and throughout the government seem to lack a fundamental understanding of how technology is supposed to function and its importance in our life.
This is especially troublesome, because they are the ones passing laws and setting policy that governs technology—from the Internet to your smart TV’s—yet they don’t fully understand it.
This was a problem when notable lawmakers backed the FBI when they were pressing Apple to create a backdoor into their iPhones, effectively giving the government free reign into anyone’s phone.
President Trump is getting serious about cybersecurity:
This, however, can lead to terrible legislation that deprives Americans on their freedoms online, like legislation that would destroy Net Neutrality, a key policy that protects our First Amendment rights online.
But this ignorance also leads to greater problems, like when our leaders trust people to handle their computers, who are far from trustworthy.
From Allen B. West:
According to the Daily Caller; Three brothers who managed office information technology for members of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and other lawmakers were abruptly relieved of their duties on suspicion that they accessed congressional computer networks without permission…
Also among those whose computer systems may have been compromised is Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the Florida Democrat who was previously the target of a disastrous email hack when she served as chairman of the Democratic National Committee during the 2016 campaign…
The three men are “shared employees,” meaning they are hired by multiple offices, which split their salaries and use them as needed for IT services. It is up to each member to fire them from working.
What’s really shocking? These “shared employees” were each making around $160,000 a year. Your tax dollars were going to provide the salaries of men who may have been stealing sensitive data and selling to God knows who.
It begs the question of why these men weren’t better vetted. As a former government contractor, I had to undergo a series of background checks before I could even get a security card for my building. They dug into my past, questioned numerous acquaintances, and looked at where I lived for over 10 years, to clear me.
Yet these three brothers were giving shocking access to numerous leaders, got paid huge amounts of money, only to be relieved on suspicious charges.
The left made much of “Russian hacking” claims during and after the election, blaming the superpower for the embarrassing DNC and Clinton email leaks. I had maintained for a while that it was an inside job.
Now with these three arrested, I may have been right all along.