By Kevin Coleman — Defense Tech Cyberwarfare Correspondent
Last week another hearing up on Capitol Hill brought out concerns and warnings over cyber attacks on the critical infrastructure of the United States. The intelligence community agrees that a major cyber attack within the United States is becoming increasingly possible. This should be no surprise to anyone. It is the latest in a long list of warnings about acts of cyber aggression against the United States. Yet, Congress seems to be stuck in neutral. Two years after President Obama declared the cyber threat “one of the most serious economic and national security challenges we face as a nation,” the White House released their proposed plan to address the dramatically growing threat of cyber attacks. According to one insider, this is one of about 50 pieces of proposed legislation in various stages of completeness. How long will it take to reconcile all these individual efforts?
Beltway insiders are referring to cyber as the battlefield of the future. I don’t think so — it is the battlefield of the present. Cyber attacks take place at light speed over fiber optic cables and continuously change and morph, making this a challenging environment to say the least. The U.S. government is operating at the speed that grass grows. If that continues, we will always be playing catch-up and chasing after solutions to the latest threat to our cyber assets and infrastructure. Many believe it will take a major attack on critical systems to spur officials into action at a pace commensurate with the threat!