Federal Experts Tell Trump “Catastrophic Cyber Attack” On U.S. Is Imminent
The National Infrastructure Advisory Council addressed President Trump in a draft report published this week and found that cyber threats to infrastructure pose an “existential threat” to national security and require “bold action,” according to The Hill.
The NIAC, comprised of industry officials from local and state government, recommended Trump to take action in order to protect energy-, communications-, and financial-critical infrastructure.
“Mr. President , escalating cyber risks to America’s critical infrastructures present an existential threat to continuity of government, economic stability, social order, and national security,” the NIAC wrote. “U.S. companies find themselves on the front lines of a cyber war they are ill-equipped to win against nation-states intent on disrupting or destroying our critical infrastructure.”
The members wrote that “bold action is needed to prevent the dire consequences of a catastrophic cyber attack on energy, communication, and financial infrastructures. The nation is not sufficiently organized to counter the aggressive tactics used by our adversaries to infiltrate, map, deny, disrupt, and destroy sensitive cyber systems in the private sectors.”
The NIAC urged Trump to establish a “Critical Infrastructure Command Center” which would allow government agencies and companies at risk to share classified threat information and make gathering and disseminating information on nation-states trying to target U.S. critical infrastructure a top priority of the intelligence community.
The members referenced evidence of critical threats found in the annual Worldwide Threat Assessment compiled by the intelligence community. The report found that China, Iran, and Russia have the capability to launch disruptive cyberattacks on U.S. critical infrastructure.
“It is not a matter of if, but when, an attack will happen,” NIAC members warned. “Our window of opportunity to thwart a cyber 9-11 attack before it happens is closing quickly.”