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Electronic 'Pearl Harbor' Major Risk: Subcommittee

House Homeland Security Chairman Christopher Cox (R-Calif.) and Cybersecurity Subcommittee member Robert Andrews (D-N.J.) at a recent hearing questioned whether cybersecurity is being given enough attention or funding, echoing concerns expressed by other lawmakers, former administration cybersecurity advisers and industry representatives. They argue that unless a strong, ongoing private-public defense is mounted and maintained, Americans are vulnerable to terrorist attacks through their most vulnerable point, cyberspace. “Cyber doesn’t sit still. We have to commit ourselves to making a constant investment in cyber almost every day,” said Cox at a recent hearing of the Cybersecurity Subcommittee. Cox noted that there was no precedent for this threat in the history of warfare. The more things change, the more they remain the same. In 1997, before the embassy bombings in Africa, the U.S.S. Cole, or Sept. 11, Robert Marsh, then chairman of the President’s Commission on Critical Infrastructure Protection, told a House Science subcommittee that an adversary could use readily available cybertools to bypass national defense and directly access infrastructures underpinning the economy. Full Story

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