U.S. House of Representatives and Senate should pass legislation to
increase cyber security -- in both public and private sectors -- since
the country is involved in a "type of cyber Cold War," stated the U.S.
Director of National Intelligence James Clapper on Thursday during a
Clapper told the panel of lawmakers
that the United States economy is losing upwards of $300 billion per
year because of rampant cyber-based corporate espionage.
Clapper also discussed intrusions on public systems controlling
everything from major defense weapons systems and public air traffic to
electricity and banking.
Speaking at a hearing of the House Select
Intelligence Committee on worldwide threats, the intelligence
community's top commander urged lawmakers to pass a bill that forces
intelligence sharing between the government and the private sector,
following the model of the Defense Industrial Base pilot program
launched by then-Deputy Defense Secretary William Lynn in 2011.
addition to DNI Clapper, Central Intelligence Agency Director David
Petraeus, Defense Intelligence Agency Director Ronald Burgess and
Federal Bureau of Investigation Director Robert Mueller also testified
before the bi-partisan Intelligence Committee.
counterespionage viewpoint, Mueller said that the importance of dealing
with cyber threats is paramount and such attacks "will equal or surpass
the threat from terrorism in the near future."
nearly every part of an American's daily life. It's the broadband
networks beneath us and the wireless signals around us, the local
networks in our schools and hospitals and businesses, and the massive
grids that power our nation, according to the White House cybersecurity
One of the world's most prolific cyber-espionage
perpetrators are the Chinese who routinely "lift" research and
development data from major corporations in the U.S. and other
It's the classified military and
intelligence networks that keep us safe, and the World Wide Web that has
made us more interconnected than at any time in human history. We must
secure our cyberspace to ensure that we can continue to grow the
nation's economy and protect our way of life, stated officials with the
National Security Council
The nation's cybersecurity strategy is twofold: improve our resilience to cyber incidents, and reduce the cyber threat.
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