Enemies that threaten American national security no longer need to depend on military power. Instead of bombers, fighter planes and missiles, they can sit at a computer and deploy cheap but destructive cyber attacks on U.S. critical infrastructure. According to the intelligence community’s Worldwide Threat Assessment, our adversaries “will increasingly use cyber capabilities — including cyber espionage, attack and influence … to threaten both minds and machines.” ADVERTISEMENT With so much of U.S. critical infrastructure privately owned, the only defense lies in a coordinated response from the government and the private sector. The threats are real and multifaceted. Relying on proxy organizations, geopolitical rivals like Russia and Iran view cyberattacks as an effective way to target vulnerabilities in the U.S. As Director of National Intelligence Dan CoatsDaniel (Dan) Ray CoatsOvernight Defense: Pentagon transfers B for wall over Dem objections | Top general says North Korean activities ‘inconsistent’ with denuclearization | Pentagon details bases at risk from climate change Top US general: North Korean activities ‘inconsistent’ with denuclearization Pence convinced Coats to stay in Trump administration: report MORE noted in January, countries like Russia have no hesitation using these weapons. Russian attacks on Ukraine’s electric grid in 2015 and 2016 left… Read full this story
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