Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Homeland Security Preparing For ‘Cyber Pearl Harbor’?

The US Department of Homeland Security is preparing for a potentially catastrophic attack on the nation’s electric power gird and is setting up up a “cybersecurity committee” to coordinate efforts to protect power plants and the grid from a digital attack.

The committee will draw up a plan for dealing with such an attack and make recommendations for improving cybersecurity within the power grid, according to The Hill.

 A notice about the committee’s creation was posted in the Federal Register.

Some have warned a cyberattack essentially could be a “cyber Pearl Harbor,” whereby a hacker or rogue nation takes down the power grid for weeks.

The threat increases each year as the grid becomes more and more connected to the Internet.

Last year NSA Director Michael Rogers told the House Intelligence Committee that cybersecurity was a big concern.


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