What's being done to protect US against cyber attack?
Cyber security analyst weighs in
- Duration 3:03
- Date Oct 15, 2012
Cyber security analyst weighs in
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Today Iran is denying it but there are new concerns Iran is behind -- growing wave of cyber attacks.
Against -- US officials say they've Trace recent sophisticated attacks against energy companies in the Middle East to hacker supported by the -- running government.
And this comes just days after a dire warning from Defense Secretary Leon Panetta saying were increasingly vulnerable to a massive cyber assaults.
On the scale of Pearl Harbor joining me now to break is on down Morgan -- -- cyber security analyst Gil Morgan what's being done to keep us safe.
Thought you know -- we've talked about the so many times I feel like it's Groundhog Day -- wait for Bill Murray to pop up.
This is a country who helps build high eighties country who helps build explosively formed penetrator -- -- goes against our troops on the ground.
What absolutely use cyber technology and -- weapons against us.
What we keep on saying we must be prepared to have to be prepared had and we did that.
-- it's -- it's the basics it's blocking and tackling the use of football analogy it's companies making sure that they secured against the most obvious vulnerabilities.
It's people having personal discipline both employees and the defense community the intelligence community.
And even sensitive installations make sure you don't open up emails with attachments are not aware of installing proper anti virus you know using strong encryption strong passwords.
There's a lot of basics out -- we do but unfortunately the similarities familiarity breeds contempt.
Lot of people become so complacent with their habits are -- secretary opens the door.
Secretary committee at Panetta plays ad paints a really interesting pitcher he says -- some -- these cyber attacks could.
Dean -- -- lethal chemicals on it contaminate water supply.
Yelled and disrupted power grid and large parts of the country USF few months ago is cyber security act -- have a split it through congress -- was a new law that would.
You know encourage private companies and the government to share data and it was defeated.
I'm just curious -- basing your expertise Morgan do we need new legislation new laws or do we need something else entirely.
I had to face this threat.
What it takes a huge policy issues life imitating art on an episode of 241 time the terrorists.
Used a device to take down a plane you know it's -- it's really a policy issue what point do we do a physical response.
To a cyber attack.
The laws you know these laws have been around since presidential decision directive 63 Bill Clinton signed that and office work company's share their information.
I think it's better that companies get together and share their information such as -- different information sharing analysis centers in financial services and energy.
That it is deport more laws on top of people.
This government has a tough time keeping a secret identifies the company disclosed some of my most sensitive data how -- secure my information my intellectual property.
There's a high probability it's gonna get out and that's what worries a lot of these companies.
Not the mere fact if -- securing and defending their own infrastructure that's what they wanna do they don't want to lose customers they don't wanna go down concern their concern is operating with the government.
Concerns about regulation was one of the reasons why -- -- is defeated -- even though it this feels like Groundhog Day we hope you come back when we had to talk about cyber security again because it is an important story to thank you.