Concern mounts over cyber security
Effort to protect nation's critical networks
- Duration 4:10
- Date Apr 24, 2012
Effort to protect nation's critical networks
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A -- -- and Capitol Hill cyber security is the rising concern.
As hackers target.
Our nation's critical networks a Homeland Security Subcommittee today is looking at cyber attack threat and ways to reduce the risk.
I Texas content Michael Collins chairman of the oversight investigations and management subcommittee that's having this hearing.
This afternoon congressman -- -- with that's.
But based -- surroundings you talking about setting standards for federal computer networks like computer networks that are used by the CIA.
NASA the Department of Defense how vulnerable are these networks right now.
There are under attack every day we have a 100000 hits per week in the CIA's.
Web -- probably a million hits in the House of Representatives.
Every federal agencies been hacked into an enormous amounts of data have been stolen from primarily by the Chinese.
Reports about military secrets the F 35 joint strike.
Blueprints were stolen.
This poses a serious threat to our national security.
And we need to -- these federal networks imagine if agents before power caught the Pentagon still in Paper files.
Yet in the virtual world that's what happens every day.
Not every single day so what what's -- place right now and and what more do we need to do.
Well I'm holding a hearing today due to illustrate the threat I think the cyber you know -- cyber theft of intellectual property a trillion dollars -- and stole one.
From the United States without.
To -- to be competitive when they're stealing that amount of intellectual property the espionage.
Is is really over the blue top.
From China and following the cyber warfare -- -- a -- accuse me up at night.
The most in terms of the idea that they can bring down power grids financial institutions.
Really wreaked Havoc in the United States.
-- bring America to its knees and and so we have a historic legislation on the floor.
Of this week.
That's a deal with the issue of hardening the federal networks.
Information sharing between the federal government and private sector.
On the -- what they -- signature threats.
To better protect both the federal government also private sector.
Which controls about 90% of that critical infrastructure out there.
-- definitely a lot of concerns you mentioned the two trillion dollars in intellectual property that.
That is estimated to be still -- I was looking at your website and you have -- fifteen trillion dollar a debt clock out and taking as we speak right now and so this is a time of austerity.
-- how do we prioritize and how much money do you really need it.
If at all to -- to update some of these systems and make sure that the federal government in particular those systems are sick here.
I think the good news is most these bills will be working within the existing.
Budgets in an intense partisan environment this these bills are actually very bipartisan so I anticipate they're gonna.
A sail through the the congress.
This week and that's good news I think the information sharing -- is really just.
Using a pilot study that NSA -- And use -- -- to work with.
The private sector to better protected in these critical infrastructure -- -- that energy.
Financial institutions power grids all these sort things anything connected to the Internet is subject to being brought down.
And I can't emphasize that enough I think this this is an issue that has been.
Long -- -- talk to the director of NSA I asked him when he expected or was it possible we can have a cyber Pearl Harbor.
His response was with the answers not if but when.
Right and the secretary of defense had that Tuesday's rally echoed that -- -- how much how much money we need to do what you wanna do.
Again I think a lot of this we can work with an existing budgets -- and I think.
But and I think that also the information charities is just getting the relevant stakeholders together with the federal government.
To make sure they know.
About the use cyber threats are out there are no better protect themselves information sharing -- is something else that our viewers are very concerned about this as far as private property and making sure that their data is protected as well.
-- -- for the safety of the country but there's also that peace and is glad to have you back congressman McCall talk more about that side that this is a great introduction.
To your work and we look for -- have you back thank you very much.
The -- -- thanks for him.