(Threatcare) At a recent subcommittee hearing, two witnesses testified to the fact that US cybersecurity is “in a severe state of disrepair,” and that this gaping oversight has left the nation compromised and susceptible to cyber attacks from enemy hackers.
In fact, the witnesses told the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy that the threat of an attack on the US was virtually imminent, unless serious steps are taken to beef up cyber defense efforts. Some countries that may pursue the US’s vulnerabilities include North Korea, Russia and China.
Eric Rosenbach, who was chief of staff to former Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter said that he believes an attack from North Korea is looming in the near future, adding that it’s “likely to happen within the next year, if current trends continue.”
Samantha Ravich, who advised the George W. Bush White House on national security, described China’s cyber warfare as very aggressive and “just as terribly destructive as a bloody war, but in which no blood is actually shed.”
Currently, the government’s cybersecurity system is over six-years-old, rendering it essentially useless, and lawmakers are begging for a more up-to-date version.
Founder of Threatcare Marcus J. Carey, says that the state of US cybersecurity may be pitiful, but that the internet itself was never “secure” to begin with.
“I could be sarcastic and say the defense was never there to begin with. The internet itself wasn’t designed with security in mind. Security as we know it is just a ‘bolt’ onto the internet as we know it,” he explains.
“Cybersecurity itself is a generally new field that has only been around for twenty years,” Carey added. Even so, if the cybersecurity for the United States government is so severely lacking, what about the rest of us? Security deficiencies are not just a government problem. As Massachusetts Sen. Edward J. Markey pointed out, many private companies could also be at risk of being attacked by foreign governments. A key example of this would be power and utility companies. Russia’s attack on Ukranian power grids in 2015 was cited as an example of what could happen if American utility companies don’t tighten their “bolts” as well. There are many paths cyber attackers could try to take, and not all of them require hacking the government. Every industry should be prepared.