It is time to take off the polarized cyberglasses, America, because what we choose not to see can kill us.
The language of cybersecurity is laced with modal verbs and their auxiliaries such as “should,” “must,” and “ought to.” These words and phrases are used to express ability, possibility, permission, or obligation. They enable speakers and writers to communicate advice, admonishment, and instruction. If these linguistic components had physical form and mass, the volume produced annually by academic, industry, non-profit, and public sector cybersecurity pundits would crowd out all mammalian life on the North American landmass . . .
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