In his Distinguished Lecture, Richard Danzig proposes strategies for coping with a security paradox presented by cyber systems: As digital systems grant us unprecedented powers, they also make us less secure. While their immense communication capabilities enable wide scale collaboration and networking, they open doors to unprecedented intrusion. Concentrations of data and manipulative power vastly improve efficiency and scale, but these attributes increase the amount that can be stolen or subverted by successful attack. While we are now empowered to retrieve and manipulate data on our own, this beneficial “democratization” removes a chain of human approvals that served as safeguards. In sum, cyber systems nourish us, but at the same time, they weaken and poison us. Wise strategies, aimed at safeguarding the nation’s data storehouse of vital information, must embrace a mix of technical responses, economic and business judgments, and policy choices. Focusing on Federal government vulnerabilities–but noting implications for all users–Dr. Danzig argues that we are not doing nearly as well as we could and recommends several paths to improvement.