Reviewing the Federal Cybersecurity Mission, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Emerging Threats, Cybersecurity, and Science and Technology of the Committee on Homeland Security, House of Representatives, One Hundred Eleventh Congress, First Session, March 10, 2009   [open pdf - 216KB]

From the opening statement of Yvette D. Clark: "Today's hearing will be the first of three cybersecurity hearings that the subcommittee will hold this month. It is easy to understand why this issue dominates our agenda. We rely on information technology in every aspect of our lives, from our electric grid, banking systems, military and Government functions, to our e-mail, Web browsers, and iTunes. Interconnected computers and networks have led to amazing developments in our society. Increased productivity, knowledge, services, and revenues are all benefits generated by our modern networked world. But in our rush to network everything, few stopped to consider the security ramifications of this new world we were creating. So we find ourselves in an extremely dangerous situation today. Too many vulnerabilities exist on too many critical networks which are exposed to too many skilled attackers who can inflict too many damages to our systems. Unfortunately, to this day, too few people are even aware of these dangers and and fewer still are doing anything about it. This committee will continue to sound the alarm bells, raise awareness of the problems we face, and hold those in charge accountable for their inaction. This hearing comes at a critical moment in our Nation's approach to their cyber threat. There is no more significant threat to our national and economic security than that which we face in cyberspace. We, the United States, must do everything equally significant to meet this challenge." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Yvette D. Clark, Daniel E. Lungren, Bennie G. Thompson, David Powner, Scott Charney, Amit Yoran, Mary Ann Davidson, and James A. Lewis.

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