|WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 17: U.S. President Barack Obama makes a statement on the worsening nuclear crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in northeastern Japan March 17, 2011 at the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC. Obama said that harmful level of radiation is not expected to reach to the U.S. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)|
Taking down vital banking systems could trigger a financial crisis. The lack of clean water or functioning hospitals could spark a public health emergency. And as we've seen in past blackouts, the loss of electricity can bring businesses, cities and entire regions to a standstill. ..... Nuclear power plants must have fences and defenses to thwart a terrorist attack. Water treatment plants must test their water regularly for contaminants. Airplanes must have secure cockpit doors. We all understand the need for these kinds of physical security measures. It would be the height of irresponsibility to leave a digital backdoor wide open to our cyber adversaries. .... a society that cherishes free enterprise and the rights of the individual. ..... reflects the insights and ideas of industry and civil libertarians. It is sponsored by a bipartisan group of senators. It is supported by current and former homeland security, intelligence and defense leaders from both Republican and Democratic administrationsCyber security gaps are the chink in the armor. I compare it to mental health. So many of mild mental health issues go unreported. Similarly numerous low level cyber attacks are pushed under the carpet. There is a basic unpreparedness right now.