Remarks by Secretary Napolitano at the Global Cyber Security Conference [August 4, 2009]   [open pdf - 45KB]

This Press Release presents the remarks made by Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano at the Global Cyber Security Conference in Washington D. C. "I want to thank the Secret Service, S&T [DHS Science and Technology Directorate]--of our office for hosting this meeting on cybersecurity--an area that has commanded special attention from me in my office since I began my tenure as Secretary. Indeed, even before--at the state level as we repeatedly saw our state systems hacked into--it is not a threat of the future. It is an actuality. Indeed, it was just about a year ago today that criminal charges came from a Secret Service investigation into the theft and sale of 40 million credit card numbers by an international group of cyber criminals. And that case, I believe, was just the tip of the iceberg in terms of the damage that cyber crime, cybersecurity can entail. We have to look at the landscape now; but, more important, we have to--I think--acknowledge amongst ourselves that in terms of cybersecurity we've been living in a cyber 1.0 world and we need to be cyber 3.0 and beyond. Because the minute we start talking about a particular methodology of cyber the cyber bad guys are already moving ahead. This is a very, very rapidly evolving environment in which real crime and real damage can occur."

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