Read the following and choose which answer best describes how it makes you feel:
A. Makes me feel all warm and cozy-safe inside
B. I’m having flashbacks to ‘Enemy of the State’ and seeing ski-mask-clad goons invading my house, planting bugs and stealing my blender
C. What was the question?
Hackers have “come close”several times to shutting down elements of the nation’s infrastructure, she said, noting that Wall Street firms and transportation systems are frequent cyberattack targets.
“I think we all have to be concerned about a network intrusion that shuts down part of the nation’s infrastructure in such a fashion that it results in a loss of life,” she said.
Asked how many cyberattacks might have occurred over the course of her 45-minute Q&A session, Napolitano responded, “Thousands.”
The Department of Homeland Security is in the process of hiring about 1,000 cybersecurity specialists to combat the fast-evolving issue — and Napolitano said she would have “every cyber geek in the United States” working for her if she could.
The 1,000 hires may sound impressive, but it pales in comparison to the 3,000 specialists that the National Security Agency plans to hire to combat the issue by the end of fiscal 2012 — and the thousands more fighting cybercrime at an alphabet soup of other agencies.
But in the end, Napolitano said she believes that Homeland Security needs to serve as the nation’s “incident response center” in the event of a major attack.
Even if this is true….Do we really want the federal government creating an army of hackers empowered to go wherever the federal gov’t perceives a “threat?”
I don’t, sorry.