27 Jul '12, 12pm

Cybercom chief: U.S. unprepared for serious #cyber attacks

-- The United States is not adequately prepared for a serious cyber attack, the commander of U.S. Cyber Command told the audience at the Aspen Institute's annual security forum today. Army Gen. Keith Alexander, who also serves as the director of the National Security Agency and the chief of the Central Security Service, said that, in terms of preparation for a cyber attack on a critical part of its network infrastructure, the U.S. is at a three on a scale of one to ten. The problem of defending the nation from a cyber attack is complicated, Alexander said. It's not just a question of preparing the Department of Defense or federal networks. Private industry also has to be defended. "Industry has a variety of capabilities," Alexander said. While networks serving the financial community are well-defended, others sectors need help. Key to developing a strong cyber security inf...

Full article: http://www.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123311659

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