Question of the week: What should the response by the U.S. government be to cyber attacks?Posted by Randy | May 31, 2013
This week, news reports surfaced indicating that designs of some of our military’s most advanced weapons systems were compromised by a sustained strategy of Chinese cyber espionage. More than two dozen major weapons systems, critical to U.S. regional missile defense for Asia, Europe and the Persian Gulf, as well as combat aircraft and ships, were the targets of these attacks.
In January, the Defense Science Board warned that U.S. “security practices have not kept up with the cyber adversary tactics and capabilities.” While China has worked diligently to build a sophisticated military over the past decade, these breaches will only serve to accelerate the development of their growing capabilities.
These cyber intrusions follow reports of an attack last week that hackers from Iran infiltrated software that controls U.S. oil and gas pipelines. As one report noted, “The developments show that while Chinese hackers pose widespread intellectual-property-theft and espionage concerns, the Iranian assaults have emerged as far more worrisome because of their apparent hostile intent and potential for damage or sabotage.”
Question of the week: What should the response by the U.S. government be to these cyber attacks?
( ) Invest more in technology to counter these attacks
( ) Encourage more information sharing within industry and the government
( ) Increase penalties for hackers that steal intellectual property from U.S. companies
( ) Create a security clearance system for employees of private sector companies for cyber security threat sharing
( ) Increase penalties against those who cause or attempt to cause damage to a computer that powers critical infrastructure, such as energy and water and food supply systems
( ) Enact a federal data breach law
( ) I don’t know.
( ) Other (leave your comments below).
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