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As our lives move increasingly online, from our banking and medical records to our news consumption, business, social interactions and national security, cybersecurity threats range from institutional to personal. These threats may range from a massive attack on our utilities that could weaken us and make us vulnerable to more traditional military attacks to threats against our economic interests – such as digital theft of intellectual property, research data, business plans and other sensitive information.

In addition to these tangible threats, our social hubs are already being impacted everyday by the erosion of trust. Our institutions are losing trust because of questions about the integrity of our elections, our news sources are suspect because of fake news. The internet is the core of our communications, our commerce and our content; defending these systems is of utmost importance and our current political leaders are not up to the task.

We must ensure that our national-security agencies and diplomatic corps are equipped to meet 21st-century challenges, including cybersecurity and terrorism. As a cybersecurity expert who has worked for many years at Cornell University on information security policy, I have a grasp on the intricacies of cybersecurity that will allow me to make informed decisions on the best way that we can protect our nation, and our elections, from hacking threats, ransomware, from state and non-state actors.

Meet Tracy Mitrano

Tracy Mitrano is a cybersecurity expert, teacher, and mother. She was born and raised in Western New York and has lived in the Southern Tier and the Finger Lakes throughout her adult life.

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