Like hanging on to clothes that don't fit, most of America's premier companies are starting to do essentially the same thing with data. The reason? They recognize the opportunity cost of not collecting data.
A brilliant report recently issued by security firm Mandiant clearly identified a high-powered unit of the Chinese Army as the source of the most persistent cyber-attacks against American firms. The magnitude of this by invasion of privacy and theft of data is staggering.
As news of major breaches roll in like waves on a storm-eroded beach, the likelihood increases that the next war we fight will be waged on computers aimed at crippling the systems that keep the wheels of government and daily life turning.
In the U.S., we have the people, the talent, and the technology to meet the cyber security threat head on. Now we need the will to recognize the size of the challenge--and leaders willing to transition our current military spending to this new way of preparing those who will defend us.