America’s Failing Grade on Cyber Attack Readiness

29 Jul

The man in charge of America’s cyber operations said that on a scale of one to 10, the nation’s preparedness to deal with a major cyber attack on critical infrastructure sits at a dismal three.

“Somebody who finds vulnerability in our infrastructure could cause tremendous problems,” Army Gen. Keith Alexander, Director of the National Security Agency and chief of U.S. Cyber Command, told audience members at the Aspen Institute’s annual security forum late Thursday, according to multiple reports. Alexander said that since 2009, attempted cyber attacks on the nation’s infrastructure systems have risen seventeen-fold.

“I’m worried most about power. I’m worried about water. I think those are the ones that need the most help,” he said.

Top current and former U.S. security officials have for years been decrying vulnerabilities in the computer networks of critical infrastructure industries from water treatment centers to electric power plants — largely facilities owned and operated by private entities. In his remarks, Alexander reportedly pushed for greater role of government, specifically the Department of Homeland Security, in regulating security measures across industries. – KMAS News Radio

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