A great deal of attention is being paid in Washington to cyber attacks in the U.S. and for good reason. These attacks are a major concern for our country. Congress has been hard at work trying to get a handle on the problem and how to combat it. Sen. Richard Shelby told a Senate committee last month that more needs to be done to protect the United States from these threats. The Senator had this to say:
We have seen recent and stark reminders of the threat with constant cyber attacks on the financial sector, Chinese hacking of the New York Times and Wall Street Journal, Iranian attacks against a Saudi oil company and reports that information on our most advanced weapons systems was stolen by the Chinese. These troubling developments remind us of how urgently we need a coordinated effort to counter and respond to these attacks.
Sen. Shelby, who has an extremely strong presence in the U.S. Senate, urged the committee to take a leading role in fighting cyber attacks, a battle that he called an “immediate priority.” He added these comments:
Clearly more needs to be done. I look forward to hearing from our witnesses on the best way to protect government systems and information as you partner with industry to strengthen our cyber infrastructure across the board.
The federal government, acting through the Executive and Legislative branches, is taking the cyber attacks seriously. Hopefully, much more has been done in this area of concern than appears to be the case. In any event, Sen. Shelby has hit the nail squarely on the head. I believe many others in Washington share his opinion and will take all actions necessary to protect our country and all of its institutions.
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