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Private firms can't protect us from digital attacks. Government must step in.

Unless you've been living under a rock, you know that our digital infrastructure is under attack. ZDNet's excellent security coverage has daily updates, usually with names I've never heard of before. As the ZDNet security tagline says, "Let's face it. Software has holes. And hackers love to exploit them. New vulnerabilities appear almost daily."

Sadly, that's not hyperbole. "SolarWinds attack is not an outlier, but a moment of reckoning for security industry, says Microsoft exec" is a recent headline.

Vasu Jakkal, Microsoft's corporate vice president of security, compliance and identity, said,

"These attacks are going to continue to get more sophisticated. So we should expect that. This is not the first and not the last. This is not an outlier. This is going to be the norm. This is why what we do is more important than ever. I believe that SolarWinds is a moment of reckoning in the industry. This is not going to change and we have to do better as a defender community and we have to be unified in our responses."

But Ms. Jakkal is wrong. Private enterprise can't handle serious, nation state digital aggression. Nations have the resources and patience to pursue long term strategies. Even the largest corporations lack the heft of a nation.

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