Examining the Cyber Threat to Critical Infrastructure and the American Economy, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Security Technologies of the Committee on Homeland Security, House of Representatives, One Hundred Twelfth Congress, First Session, March 16, 2011   [open pdf - 393KB]

From the opening statement of Daniel E. Lungren: "Today we will examine the cyber threat to U.S. critical infrastructure, how it affects the economy, and what Government is doing to address the threat. Twenty-five years ago, the concept of cyber threat, or a cyber attack, was an issue of interest to really only a few researchers in academics. In this post-9/11 terrorist era the cyber threat is serious, multifaceted, and boundless, posing a significant risk to U.S. economic and National security. The Director of National Intelligence stated in testimony before the Congress, 'The growing connectivity between information systems, the internet, and other infrastructures creates opportunities for attackers to disrupt telecommunications, electrical power, energy pipelines, financial networks, and other critical infrastructures.' The information revolution launched by the internet has reached into every corner of our lives. While it provides users many benefits, it also exposes them to new and dangerous risks. These new risks include cyber criminals, spies and terrorists, using the digital internet as a pathway to personal bank accounts as well as Government and industrial secrets. Cyber attacks are growing more frequent, targeted, sophisticated, and dangerous." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Daniel E. Lungren, Yvette D. Clark, Philip Reitinger, Gregory Wilshusen, Phyllis Schneck, James A. Lewis, and Mischel Kwon.

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