The house passed a bill Thursday encouraging private companies to share information about cyberattacks with federal authorities in an attempt to combat the growing problem.
The bill grants protection from liability for companies that share information and follow certain procedures.
Companies have been reluctant to share internal data about cyberattacks for fear of being sued, hurting efforts to fight criminals stealing personal information and state-sponsored campaigns stealing American intellectual property.
As the nation’s 9-1-1 and critical infrastructure networks begin to evolve from closed systems to IP-based systems, including next-generation 9-1-1 (NG 9-1-1) technology, the potential for new cybersecurity risks could increase.
Both regional and state emergency services IP networks (ESInets) as well as customer premises equipment (CPE) may become attractive targets for hackers, said Jason Jackson, executive director of the Alabama 9-1-1 Board, which recently completed a study of cybersecurity risks to the Alabama Next Generation Emergency Network (ANGEN). Jackson shared some of the state’s lessons learned during a National 911 Program presentation.
The United States is the most hacked country in the world, accounting for about 37 percent of all hacking attempts, said Jackson. Government agencies are targeted more often than individuals, companies or other organizations, with more than one-quarter of hacking attempts directed at government networks.
The U.S. electric grid remains vulnerable to cyber and physical attacks, putting millions of households at risk from outages that could last a few days or weeks. Attacks on the grid occur once every four days, and though no great harm has been caused, some experts are warning that the series of small-scale incidents may point to broader security problems. “It’s one of those things: One is too many, so that’s why we have to pay attention,” says one expert. “The threats continue to evolve, and we have to continue to evolve as well.”
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North Korea has a team of roughly 3,000 cyber soldiers dedicated to launching attacks at Western interests in the private and government sector, according to Kim Heung-gwang, a former professor at North Korea’s Hamhung University of Computer Technology, a key military training facility. Heung-gwang, urging Western governments to do more to counter North Korean hacking, said the country’s hackers are targeting Western nuclear power plants, transportation networks, and electrical utilities.