February 22, 2014
This video is a wake up call on the state of our national cyber insecurity.
It is the opening statement (about 6 minutes) of Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX) of the Homeland Security Subcommittee of Oversight, Investigations, and Management.
What he describes is quite grave and every American should listen carefully about the state of our cyber insecurity that poses a real and significant threat to our economy and national security.
We are under attack by cyber criminals, terrorists, and hostile nation states.
Our adversaries seek to and can paralyze our critical infrastructure, steal our intellectual property, conduct espionage, and access our personal and financial information.
The collapse of our military networks, financial system, energy, transportation, and electricity "is not science fiction."
The cyber attacks are "real, stealth, and persistent, and can devastate our nation."
It is "not a matter of if, but when a Cyber Pearl Harbor will occur."
And "we have been fortunate that up until this point that cyber attacks on our country have not caused a cataclysmic event."
I read from the Center for Strategic and International Studies (2011) that cybersecurity has taken a back seat after 9/11 to the War on Terror as well as the economic fight after the recession of 2008, with the result that "the United States is unprepared to defend itself."
Chairman McCaul critically states at the end of his opening statement, "Let's do something meaningful [now] because it is not a tolerable situation!"