(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – U.S. President Barack Obama sent out a message on Thursday: Pay closer attention to cybersecurity. The U.S. commander-in-chief emphasized the issue in an article appearing in the Opinion section of the Wall Street Journal.
Obama discussed a recent test carried out by the government in which a simulation cyber-attack was implemented to see how it’d affect entities including treatment plants and train stations.
“So far, no one has managed to seriously damage or disrupt our critical infrastructure networks. But foreign governments, criminal syndicates and lone individuals are probing our financial, energy and public safety systems every day,” commented Obama.
The President also warned that hackers had the ability to trigger financial disasters by hitting banking systems. Another example given by the President was a hacker’s ability to trigger a health crisis by hitting water treatment plants.
Obama’s recommendation to deal with the issue? The President wants to make it easier to share threat information in addition to having companies up their security defenses. “Cybersecurity standards would be developed in partnership between government and industry. For the majority of critical infrastructure companies already meeting these standards, nothing more would be expected,” Mr. Obama proposed.
The President is also urging Congress to pass legislation dealing with the matter. Cybersecurity has become an increasingly larger issue for governments worldwide. In June of last year, it was reported that DARPA was working to develop a test range for cyber security matters.