The threat of cyberattacks that we often tell you about has to do with hackers breaking into your computer system, taking it over and possibly demanding ransom to gain access to your computer. But cyberattacks are also taking place on a federal scale that's threatening the government and all U.S. citizens.
The federal government, including President Obama, has been the victim of cyberattacks. And, as the 2016 presidential race is heating up, you're starting to hear more candidates being asked how they'll protect the country from cyberattacks.
The government is taking cybersecurity seriously. In fact, the Office of Management and Budget, which assists the president in implementing his policies, recently issued its Cybersecurity Strategy and Implementation Plan.
That plan outlined five objectives, including prioritizing the protection of high-value information, the acquisition and deployment of emerging technology, and rapid response to cyberincidents. Now, the federal government is soliciting ideas from IT leaders within the government, with the help of the IBM Center for the Business of Government.