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Cybersecurity Act of 2012 Stalls

Cyber attacks on American companies and organization remain a major threat and are only expected to increase in the coming years. October is National Cyber security Awareness Month, making now the perfect time to examine the state of our nation's legislation on cyber security.

The Attacks Keep Coming:

Hacking power plants and other utilities are real problems. The United States showed the damage that could be done with the Stuxnet worm against against Iran.

On October 1, the White House confirmed that hackers breached the network using a spear phishing attack. One White House employee clicked an attachment which installed malicious software on the PC and stole data.

Senate Vote:
The national cyber security bill sponsored by Senator Joseph Lieberman was blocked in the Senate by a filibuster in July. The White House backed bill would have regulated and protected privately owned infrastructure like public utilities.

According to the U.S. Cuber Command, it is estimated that the U.S. loses $330 billion in financial theft and $250 billion in intelligence property theft annually. Each year this number rises as Cyber esponiage and cyber crime increases.

This bill afects our critical infrastructure systems. Protecting our utilities from sophiscated and dangerous cuber attacks is very important.

According to the National Security's Gen. Keith Alexander, cyber attacks against infrastructure are up 1700% since 2009.
Muhammad Saqib

Muhammad Saqib

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