U.S. Director of National Intelligence on "Worldwide Cyber Threats"

U.S. Director of National Intelligence on "Worldwide Cyber Threats"

The U.S. Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, provided last week a testimony on "Worldwide Cyber Threats" before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

He said that cyber threats to US national and economic security are increasing in frequency, scale, sophistication, and severity of impact. The ranges of cyber threat actors, methods of attack, targeted systems, and victims are also expanding. Overall, the unclassified information and communication technology (ICT) networks that support US Government, military, commercial, and social activities remain vulnerable to espionage and/or disruption.

However - he added - the likelihood of a catastrophic attack from any particular actor is remote at this time. Rather than a “Cyber Armageddon” scenario that debilitates the entire US infrastructure, they foresee an ongoing series of low-to-moderate level cyber attacks from a variety of sources over time, which will impose cumulative costs on US economic competitiveness and national security.

According to the official statement for the record of the Director, the cyber threats come from a range of actors, including: 
(1) nation states with highly sophisticated cyber programs (such as Russia or China);
(2) nations with lesser technical capabilities but possibly more disruptive intent (such as Iran or North Korea);
(3) profit-motivated criminals; and 
(4) ideologically motivated hackers or extremists.

You can read the official statement for the record here:

domenica 13 settembre 2015

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