November 11, 2013
Cyber Risk Wednesday Panel Highlighted by Capital News Service
Cybersecurity experts, who gathered at the Atlantic Council's first Cyber Risk Wednesday recently in Washington, continue to warn that a substantial cybersecurity attack may occur in the U.S. at any time. The same experts also believe the government and the private sector are woefully underprepared to deal with a major attack.
Larry Castro, managing director of The Chertoff Group, said at the Atlantic Council's panel that the government lacks the ability to efficiently prepare for or recover from a major cyberattack.
"Our country quite frankly does not have a governance structure that allows us to begin to either prepare for, or recover from, in some other than very chaotic way from a massive cyberoutage," Castro said.
Although a cyberattack leaving the U.S. without power for an extended period of time may not be realistic, cybersecurity experts said they believe an attack could compromise the networks of an entire industry, said Jason Healey, director of the Cyber Statecraft Initiative at the Atlantic Council.