Council on Foreign Relations. February 22, 2012.
In January 2012, FBI Director Robert Mueller testified that the cyber threat to the United States is expected to eclipse the threat of terrorism in the coming years. Though the country has avoided a cyber “Pearl Harbor” to date, a steady stream of significant cyber attacks, particularly by foreign sources conducting major acts of espionage, indicate the nation’s ongoing vulnerability, say some analysts. Safeguarding digital networks has been a priority of Washington for several years, but thus far the federal government has not mandated minimum levels of cybersecurity for private operators of critical information systems. Bipartisan legislation introduced in the U.S. Senate this month proposes new standards for the protection of critical infrastructure and enhancing sharing of threat information between government and private industry. [Note: contains copyrighted material].