Combating cybercrime is exponentially more difficult than combating traditional criminal activities, as technologies and techniques make it very easy for cybercriminals to hide their true identities, locations, and allegiances. It’s a sobering situation, one that has resulted in extensive intellectual property theft, enormous financial losses, and the disruption of supply chains that deliver essential goods.

As a Marine veteran and CIO of a global software company, my approach to cybersecurity mirrors many of the principles I practiced in the military. Much like the corporate world, the Marines emphasized expertise, accountability, results, and leadership. With skilled teams, strong leaders, and tangible goals, it is much easier to deal with the daily uncertainty that is inherent in managing the cybersecurity of a large enterprise.

So, how does the United States better position itself to combat this growing threat? Through a more visible, coordinated, and concerted effort with measurable goals that involves the government, the private sector, educational institutions, and everyday citizens. Some of the highest priorities requiring action are below.

Combating cybercrime: Lessons from a CIO and Marine veteran

Cybercrime and Digital Forensics