U.S. Unprepared for Cyber War

Posted By on February 23, 2010

U.S. Unprepared for Cyber War, Former Top Spy Official Says

By Jeff Bliss

Feb. 23 (Bloomberg) — The U.S. isn’t prepared for a massive attack on its computer networks by another country, a former top intelligence official said.

“If the nation went to war today, in a cyber war, we would lose, former Director of National Intelligence Michael McConnell told a Senate panel today.

McConnell joined a number of former government officials who have warned of cyber vulnerability.

“We’re going to have a catastrophic event before Americans are prompted to action, McConnell told the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee. The country is more vulnerable than other nations because a greater share of U.S. businesses and government agencies rely on the Internet, McConnell said and the U.S. also has more trade secrets that other countries want to steal, he said.

McConnell said the government needs to get more involved in dictating security standards on the Internet.

Several cyber-security measures being considered by Congress would give the government a greater role which may include new legislation.

More at…. http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601110&sid=aBfzD779UZQg

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