Source: Elinor Mills, CNET.
Computer-based network attacks are slowly bleeding U.S. businesses of revenue and market advantage, while the government faces the prospect of losing in an all-out cyberwar, experts told Senators in a hearing on Tuesday.
“If the nation went to war today in a cyberwar, we would lose,” said Michael McConnell, executive vice president of Booz Allen Hamilton’s national security business and a former director of national security and national intelligence. “We’re the most vulnerable. We’re the most connected. We have the most to lose.”
The U.S. will not be able to mitigate the risk from cyberattack until the government gets more actively involved in protecting the nation’s network, which may not occur until after a “catastrophic event” happens, McConnell said in testimony during a hearing of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation.
Published: February 24, 2010