Redefining What “Critical” Means

By Melissa Hathaway

Melissa Hathaway is President of Hathaway Global Strategies, LLC, and Senior Advisor at the Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center.  Recently, she was appointed to the Global Commission for Internet Governance (Bildt Commission).  She served in two U.S. presidential administrations, spearheading the Cyberspace Policy Review for President Barack Obama and leading the Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative (CNCI) for President George W. Bush.

As a senior advisor to two U.S. Presidents, Melissa Hathaway helped develop U.S cybersecurity policies.  She currently is the President of Hathaway Global Strategies, and a senior advisor for the Cyber Security Project at Harvard.  Hathaway spoke with The Cipher Brief about how critical infrastructure sectors need to be prioritized to help improve overall security efforts.

The Cipher Brief: You have written that our current definitions of what constitutes critical infrastructure may be too broad. Can you elaborate on this? What benefit would be gained from designating some industries as more critical than others?

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