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How Safe is The U.S. Power Grid From Cyber-Attack?.. The Answer Isn’t That Comforting (Video)

The above video is an in-house look at how the U.S. government is trying to keep critical infrastructure safe from hackers.

And to do that, it’s up to the National Cyber-security and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC) to coordinate cyber defense with the private sector, because much of the country’s critical infrastructure – i.e. water, electricity – is not state owned.

The video may be a typical lite CNN report in many ways but what Suzanne E. Spaulding from the Department of Homeland Security says is sobering.

“We see a constant stream of folks trying to breach our networks and our systems across the country, all the time, all across the country, seven days a week,” she says.

“There is the potential there for adversaries to get into those control systems, those systems, that really run machinery whether its gates on dams or parts of the electric grid, across our sectors that could have physical consequences.”

What the Director of NSA has to say about how safe our infrastructure is

Last month Admiral Mike Rogers, the director of the U.S. National Security Agency, said that China and “probably one or two” other countries have “the ability to launch a cyber attack that could shut down the entire U.S. power grid and other critical infrastructure,” reported Forbes.

Forbes added that Admiral Rogers predicted that:

“It is only a matter of the when, not the if, that we are going to see something traumatic.”

Admiral Rogers said that the NSA was watching multiple nations invest in this dangerous capability.

Do you think he is for real?




James Burke
What keeps the world ticking? James is always looking for the answer and the latest news from around the globe. When he's not behind his computer, he's basking in the Thailand sun, or dreaming of the southern hemisphere, where he grew up in rural Australia.

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