20 Science Questions
that U.S. presidential candidates were asked in 2016
20 Science Questions for the 2016 Presidential Candidates --by Shawn Otto for sciencedebate.org; See the questions here: #5.
The security of the internet for individuals and the government is a priority that will only increase in importance as more devices and buildings become connected and therefore at risk for being hacked for information or for control of the device or building system, or to Denial of Service (DoS) brown-out attacks.
If a hacker can control a city’s street lights, water purification facilities, or voting machines, or a car’s steering controls then the hacker could feasibly create chaos and harm and possibly affect election results.
Investing in continuing research and development in the area of cybersecurity is essential to remain ahead of the innovation curve in the world of hacking. Hiring white hat hackers to test systems for vulnerabilities is also an area worth continued funding into the future.
As more medical records and medical equipment sensors are going online, cybersecurity has to already be in place first, before the data is available to potential hacks. And the cybersecurity strategies need to be maintained by experts on a regular basis – which requires regulations to be in place for any businesses, or government agencies, which collect and store personal data.
Training expectations and potential penalties for employees would also be worth regulating in some ways as more individual data is collected and stored by businesses. Employee daily habits are part of the defense of a business or government's cybersecurity.