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In the Spotlight: OBM's Pivotal Role in Ensuring Accountability within Cybersecurity



As many are aware, I typically lean towards positivity and optimism rather than criticism or cynicism. My inclination is to focus on the bright side of life rather than dwelling on the negatives. However, there are times when it's important to step out of our comfort zones, and now is one of those times. The challenges currently facing America have brought me to address matters with a more candid approach and one that may offend. But I'm OK if I offend because maybe what I'm saying hits hard and helps shine light on the lies being told in the cyber security industry.


In order to effectively tackle the significant hurdles that our nation is confronting, it's imperative that we engage in open and honest dialogue. Honesty, unfortunately, seems to have become somewhat of a rare commodity lately. Despite my usual approach, I believe it's crucial to acknowledge that for years, IT solution providers have enjoyed the prosperity that comes from working with the US and the Department of Defense (DoD). It's as if they've been shielded from any potential downfall. When confronted with hacking threats, their response has often been to inundate the situation with patches, even though they were aware that hackers would eventually find vulnerabilities in this patchwork defense.


Yet, the relentless escalation of threats and hacking incidents should send shivers down our spines. Fear may drive some action, but it pales in comparison to the allure of greed.


The sellers of these solutions seem to lack any ethical scruples, and their pursuit of profits appears boundless. But looming at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is a formidable challenge. With US cybersecurity software budgets exceeding $100 billion today and likely reaching $200 billion within two years, a vast majority of these sales involve obsolete tools. This unprecedented situation places software sellers on the precipice of ethical boundaries, possibly bordering on fraud.


The question arises: How can these sellers peddle solutions to the DoD, claiming they are hack-proof, when genuinely secure alternatives already exist? It is doubtful that they possess the ethical integrity to admit their products' shortcomings, and this challenge will likely land squarely on the OMB's doorstep.


In times of acute budget constraints, can the OMB justify exorbitant spending on outdated software? Is this a crisis reaching a tipping point, or have we already passed it?


The horizon beckons, and an unhackable standard Secured2 QuantaMorphic® data protection has emerged, rendering the old yardstick of being merely on par with other products obsolete. The OMB faces a pressing question that demands a fresh perspective and a steadfast commitment to security and ethics over profit. Stay tuned as we navigate these critical waters.


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