Cybersecurity: A “National Asset”
As reported by Cybersecurity News this morning, Senators Lieberman, Collins and Carper today introduced their co-sponsored “Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset Act of 2010,” in an effort to provide the president with detailed emergency powers in the event of a cyber attack.
In conjunction with the legislation roll-out, the senators published an op-ed in today’s Politico urging their Congressional cohorts and constituents: “We must ‘arm’ the cyberspace battlefront.”
Referencing the benefits of their new bill, the senators warned that “We have to prepare now for the very real possibility of cyberwar and cyberterror. For example, an adversary could take down our electrical grid or financial infrastructure from across the ocean — using just a series of keystrokes.”
Over in the House, reps already have electrical grid protection on their radar. According to Federal Computer Week, the House yesterday passed a measure providing the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission with additional authority to protect the nation’s power grid from potential cyber attacks.
Moving away from the Hill to news in the [Silicon] Valley, Security Week is reporting that iPad consumer data has been leaked by way of a security gap in service provider AT&T’s system. According to the report, the group of hackers “claimed to uncover over 114,000 email addresses of of iPad customers, including government officials, business executives, and the military, including William Eldredge, commander of a B-1 bomber group for the US Air Force.”