The threat of cyber warfare is becoming more apparent every day as the world becomes more dependent on technology. And now there are growing concerns as to whether or not the United States would be ready for such an attack.
President Obama said during a speech “It is now clear this cyber threat is one [of] the most serious economic and national security challenges we face as a nation.”
Likewise Mike McConnell, who until February of this year, was the nation’s top spy, told CBS correspondent Steve Kroft that he did not believe the United States was prepared for a full scale cyber attack. To further push that point, the President stated “We know that cyber intruders have probed our electrical grid, and that in other countries cyber attacks have plunged entire cities into darkness.” The Obama administration is currently heading a division of the government specifically devoted to stopping cyber criminals before any real damage is done.
The concern of Americans is that another 9/11 type of situation could happen in which terrorists could potentially take advantage of the weaknesses in our defensive structures to cause severe damage to the country. However citizens should take comfort knowing that the current administration is working to actively prepare for for cyber warfare.
(Via CBS News)