Arizona Republicans have a cybersecurity problem, but do they care?

If you are reading this, go ahead and assume that your digital information is insecure and the Republican leadership in Arizona is totally okay with that.

The future of security is cybersecurity, but instead of properly funding education or writing new laws to give police and prosecutors the megawatts needed to bypass the threat, the so-called conservatives of our state wasted time and money by hiring “Cyber ​​Ninjas” – NINJAS ?! – to investigate a hack that never happened.

Forget it, gang: your man lost the presidential election.

There is no evidence of cheating, and unless you want to energize liberals locally like Donald Trump energized them nationally, you will need to start solving real tech problems rather than inventing them and transforming our state. in a line of force in the process.

Arizona’s economy is under threat

It’s not like Arizona isn’t already known for the Shaman QAnon – that guy with the horns and the spear and the imaginary religion of the Capitol Riot… or for a state senator, Kelly Townsend, who compared COVID-19 vaccination efforts to communist China and Nazi Germany … or for a failed energy policy, Jim O’Connor, spreading the myths of the boogey-man, claiming the shot puts people in a coma … or for racist legislation that makes voting more difficult … Or for even more racist immigration policies that prevent newcomers from making America great.

All of this plus a woefully underfunded public school system?

We are a joke.

Why would anyone want to move here? Or move their business here? Or stay here if they have other options?

The state’s economy will slow down like a web browser with too many tabs open unless political leaders and lawmakers log on to a real issue like cybersecurity, including the former Arizona Governor and Chief internal security Janet Napolitano said in an interview with NPR “must be a top priority from a security perspective.”

We are online more than ever

Right now, Cyber ​​Ninjas, the consulting firm hired to audit Maricopa County election results, are kicking and make holes in credibility of a fair election.

This mock audit cost taxpayers $ 150,000 and Republicans are using it to try to raise nearly $ 3 million, presumably to cover the cost of the review, but more likely to support future election campaigns. It is riddled with obvious errors that observers denounce.

Ironically, the audit itself can create new opportunities for data leakage.

In the meantime, we have some real issues that deserve our attention.

Education and Work has been brought online in the wake of the pandemic, revealing the depth and breadth of the digital divide in knowledge and connectivity.

How many people think that “cybersecurity” means changing a password about once a decade, and even struggle to do so? How many people can encrypt their email or enable two-factor authentication without wanting to throw their computer in the Grand Canyon?

Why don’t we teach these kinds of things to students and parents who have to use technology every day?

We’re definitely not about to use technology less, so we need to start paying more attention to it, and Republicans are just ceding that territory and the votes that go with it to Democrats.

Bad actors could be everywhere

Napolitano sent the alert.

“You have lots of bad potential actorsShe said in a recent interview with Issues.Org. “Nation states, including Russia, Iran and China; groups that may or may not be affiliated with nation states; and individual wrongdoers… I think we’re just in the early stages of dealing with cybersecurity as a threat and having a real national cybersecurity strategy. “

It was almost a prediction of the Hacking of a colonial pipeline (petroleum).

President Joe Biden has a plan to improve internet service in cities and across the country, saying “the digital divide must be closed everywhere, from low-income urban schools to rural America, to many older Americans as well as those living on tribal lands. Much like rural electrification generations ago, universal broadband is long overdue and essential to widely shared economic success. “

He had a meeting recently with Senator Kyrsten Sinema, who has widely discussed the need to improve digital infrastructure in Arizona.

But, hey, these Republican lawmakers have ninjas, right?

Republicans will regret not taking this seriously

They will have the whole party punished in the midterm elections if they do not change their priorities.

Republicans in the Legislature could find ways to give more money to schools to hire tech teachers and create a forward-looking curriculum to support them at all levels of primary education and secondary.

Laws could be drafted to force law enforcement to spend on training and personnel to fight cybercrime – we cannot call them “ninjas”. This name is taken.

Maybe Cyber ​​Samurai?

Internet Ghost Busters?

Digital Star Warriors?

No matter what we call them, we need them.

Because if you are reading this, you can go ahead and assume that your digital information is insecure and the Republican leadership in Arizona is totally okay with that.

Reach Moore at [email protected] or 602-444-2236. Follow him on Instagram and Twitter @SayingMoore.

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