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DHS Cybersecurity: Roles and Responsibilities to Protect the Nation's Critical Infrastructure: Hearing Before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security, One Hundred Thirteenth Congress, First Session, March 13, 2013   [open pdf - 1MB]

This testimony compilation is from the March 13, 2013 hearing, "DHS Cybersecurity: Roles and Responsibilities to Protect the Nation's Critical Infrastructure," before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security. From the opening statement of Michael McCaul: "The purpose of this hearing is to examine the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) role, capabilities and challenges concerning cybersecurity. There are many issues facing the Department. Today's hearing is an opportunity to focus on the cyber threats facing our homeland and how together, we can defend against them. Cyber attacks come in all forms. America is the victim of cyber espionage. Countries steal our military and intelligence information. There are threats of cyber-warfare from terrorists, and economic cyber attacks from Iran and China. These countries are stealing our trade secrets and intellectual property. The most daunting is undoubtedly the cyber threats against our critical infrastructure. We know that foreign nations are conducting reconnaissance on our utilities -- they are penetrating our gas and water systems and also our energy grids -- and if the ability to send a silent attack through our digital networks falls into our enemies' hands, this country could be the victim of a devastating attack. Yet while threats are imminent, no major cybersecurity legislation has been enacted since 2002. Imagine months without power. An attack on our transformers could cripple our power grids and our economy would follow. This is not science fiction; it is reality. A report recently released by Mandiant confirmed China is the source of nearly 90% of cyber attacks against the United States. Most troubling is that these hackers targeted a company that provides remote access to more than 60% of North America's oil and gas pipelines." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Michael McCaul, Jane Holl Lute, Anish B. Bhimani, Gary W. Hayes and Michelle Richardson.

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