For years, we have discussed the importance of appropriate cyber strategy and the necessity to preside over the main critical infrastructures to defend them from cyber threats of any kind and in our imagination we have always considered the US as a country at the forefront.
While the cyber security experts analyze the progress made in countries like Russia and China and emerging realities like India and Iran, they alert us regarding the vulnerabilities of the main U.S. structures.
This time to worry U.S. security experts is the state of its computer networks that have been penetrated by foreign spies several times exposing sensible information. The success of the cyber attacks, according the declarations of the network experts, is due the US infrastructure status that are protected by obsolete defense systems unable to fight against continuos incursions.
Speaking before the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities the experts told the assembled Senators that the U.S. government needed to abandon the notion that it could keep outsiders off its computer networks.
Very meaningful the worlds pronounced by Senator Rob Portman member of the Emerging Threats and Capabilities subcommittee:
“We can do things to make it more costly for them to hack into our systems…,”
“but you didn’t say we can stop them.”
A clear message that expresses the awareness of the threat and impossibility to defeat it in the short term. The only feasible goal right now is trying to mitigate the threat reducing the intrusions, the experts report that US are under a massive attack that day fails to penetrate defenses raised to the protection of the infrastructures.
NSA Director Wertheimer has declared:
“The production of computer scientists is on the decline,” “We are not recruiting and retaining them… I am concerned also that the investments from the Congress and the people is almost all period of performance of one year or less. It’s to build tools. It’s to be a rapid deployment of capability. I rarely get the opportunity to think 3 years down the line even, in research. The money that comes to us has a very directed purpose… I feel the nation is frightened to think much beyond one or two years.”