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Transformation to a Private-Utility Based Cyberspace
A century ago, US industry began the move from generating power as a corporate function to purchasing electricity on demand from utilities. In less than 30 years, from 1902 to 1930, the share of industrial power provided by outsourced utilities went from 0 to 80%, allowing companies to "flip the switch" for easy power, and to focus on core business. The availability of affordable, reliable power transformed US industry and the lives and habits of Americans.
Advances in information technology have transformed businesses; associated risks now demand serious attention to cybersecurity. Cheap, ubiquitous computing and storage are essential to US industry and to the lives and habits of all Americans, even as the infrastructure and operations of cyberspace become ever more complex and challenging. It was only a matter of time before information technology and cyberspace operations would move from corporate functions to general purpose capabilities purchased "on demand" from external sources.