WASHINGTON – Cyber attacks represent “probably the single largest threat” facing the United States, the chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives Intelligence Committee said Monday.
Speaking during a Washington briefing held by The Week magazine and Zurich Insurance Co. Ltd., Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich. – author of a cyber security bill that has passed the House that would encourage greater participation by the private sector in cyber security efforts – said the “threat changes by the day.”
By the time mandatory cyber security standards are devised and implemented, the cyber attackers already are ahead of the defenders, he said.
The Cyber Information Sharing and Protection Act – HR. 3523 – passed the House in April, but it has yet to be taken up by the Senate.
According to Rep. Rogers’ website, the legislation would give the federal government new authority to share classified cyber threat information with approved U.S. companies and knock down barriers to cyber threat information sharing.
But in a formal statement of administration policy, the White House said that the administration “strongly opposes” the bill in its present form for, among other things, privacy concerns.
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