Don’t limit the list of potential enemy nation-states to just N. Korea and Iran. China and Russia both have the capability and are known to have already probed American cyber defenses. By the time legislation is passed, which can sometimes take months in itself, or by the time something is implemented, it could be years later — which is too little, too late. Global Geopolitics has warned about cyberwarfare and its danger to America for years.
Rep. Patrick Meehan, chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security’s Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, said the Sony attack and potential for a more widespread Internet invasion by U.S. enemies demands that President Obama sign pending cybersecurity legislation into law and look to other efforts to protect homegrown technology.
“American businesses, financial networks, government agencies and infrastructure systems like power grids are at continual risk. They’re targeted not just by lone hackers and criminal syndicates, but by well-funded nation-states like North Korea and Iran. A lack of consequences for when nation states carry out cyberattacks has only emboldened these adversaries to do more harm,” he added.
Meehan was a co-author of the newly-passed Nationals Cybersecurity and Critical Infrastructure Protection Act. It was OK’d along with legislation to enhance the federal government’s cybersecurity workforce.
“The attack on Sony shows the dire need to upgrade our cyber defenses. We need to ease the sharing of threat information between government and the private sector and strengthen our ability to prevent and respond to attacks,” said Meehan, who added: “Congress took important steps last week by passing bipartisan legislation that builds our cyber defense capabilities – it’s time for those bills to be signed into law and implemented.”
Full article: House cybersecurity chairman warns: First Sony, next the electric grid, Wall Street (Washington Examiner)