A number of top intelligence officials are warning about the dire threats of cyberwarfare, cyber-espionage, and cyberterrorism. Breaking Defense reports:
Sen. Susan Collins has a bill about how to improve cyber sharing that should go to markup next week and she spoke about the challenges cyber poses to the government this morning at the Intelligence and National Security Alliance annual conference here. Three former directors of National Intelligence — John Negroponte, Mike McConnell and Dennis Blair — also spoke about those challenges before an audience of more than 700 people at INSA.
The current Director of National Intelligence goes a step farther:
[…] James Clapper, told the Senate Armed Services Committee last week that cyber has now eclipsed terrorism as the top threat faced by the United States.All the former DNIs agreed that the country has not yet figured out who should have what authorities to monitor and combat cyber attacks.
In response, these officials are suggesting that the U.S. establish a “Department of Cyber” (presumably with a more official-sounding name).The virtual frontier is a dangerous one for individuals, companies, and governments alike. How we can tame it, or even if, remains an open question—but sounding the alarm is certainly warranted.