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Time's Running Out to Prevent a Massive Cyberattack on Critical Infrastructure

Calling for the protection of critical U.S. infrastructure.

The National Infrastructure Advisory Council, which is part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, warns that time is running out to better protect critical U.S. infrastructure from cyberattack.


The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's National Infrastructure Advisory Council (NIAC) on Tuesday warned there is a shrinking window of opportunity for government and industry to fortify critical U.S. infrastructure against a massive "9/11-level cyberattack."

NIAC recommends the public and private sectors establish siloed and highly secure communication networks to be used exclusively for critical command-and-control systems, and also make cyberthreat data-sharing between government and industry easier. The report says this includes faster declassification of cyberthreat information collected by intelligence agencies so it can be shared broadly throughout critical infrastructure sectors, and accelerating the process for granting security clearances to industry cyber leaders so they can review secret and top-secret cyberthreat information.

NIAC also names people and agencies who should be responsible for executing its recommendations, noting the National Security Adviser should lead a conference of federal officials focused on meeting NIAC's goals and identifying obstacles to compliance within six months.

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