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Nielsen: Private Sector Needs to Help the U.S. Respond to Cyber Threats

This column from DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen was published at CNBC

A few keystrokes, thousands of miles away. Suddenly, the lights are out, communications systems are down and it’s unclear what happened or who is responsible.

This is the new world of digital destruction. Cyberattacks against our critical infrastructure — the energy grid, emergency services, telecommunications, the financial services sector and more — have the potential for catastrophic effects disrupting our very way of life.

We are facing an urgent, evolving crisis in cyberspace. Our adversaries’ capabilities online are outpacing our stove-piped defenses. In fact, I believe that cyber threats collectively now exceed the danger of physical attacks against us.

In short, our digital lives are at risk. And we need bold action to fight back.

Read more at CNBC

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