How the United States Is Preparing Defensively to Counter Cyber-Attacks?
As all facets of American life have become more dependent on a secure cyberspace, new vulnerabilities have been revealed and new threats continue to emerge.
By attacking citizens and exploiting bureaucratic and strategic failures, cyber adversaries will eventually call into question both the legitimacy and ability of the U.S. government to do its job. That threat should be the guiding principle when officials decide what pace of change and risk of failure they can tolerate.
In their eyes, a sustained effort in cyber protection is urgently needed. A number of other key points were made. Again, Ramcharan emphasized the importance of protecting civilian infrastructure. He explained that the tactics and techniques being applied to cyber warfare today are widely accessible and often fairly easy to employ. Today, low-cost, low-entry, and often low skill-set methods are used to attack.
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