Published On: Fri, Mar 22nd, 2019

Nielsen: Foreign Cyber Attacks Emerging Too Quickly for DHS

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen says the U.S. is not prepared for foreign cyber attacks, and threats are emerging faster than her department can address them.

"The rate at which the threats and risks are emerging is outpacing our ability to identify and assess and address them," Nielsen said Tuesday at the agency's cyber and innovation showcase per Defense One. "The discipline of understanding what is emerging is where I find we are lacking. Failure to look at the future or limiting our thinking based on what we've observed in the past, those in and of themselves are risks."

The Trump administration Monday outlined plans to allocate some $ 17.4 billion to cybersecurity efforts across the government in fiscal 2020, with the Pentagon and DHS receiving the lion's share of the funds.

Nielsen says her department's success will hinge on its ability to "innovate while under attack."

Russia, China, North Korea, and Iran pose the biggest espionage and cyber-attack threats to the United States, according to top Pentagon cyber leaders who spoke during a congressional committee last week, and the U.S. is prepared to use cyber operations more aggressively to strike back, per the Associated Press.

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Nielsen: Foreign Cyber Attacks Emerging Too Quickly for DHS