Ex-CIA director: U.S. wide open to grid attack…(Get Ready For It!!)

Monday, June 22, 2015
By Paul Martin

‘The president needs to say this is the country’s No. 1 priority’

June 21, 2015

A former CIA director says the Obama administration hasn’t done nearly enough to protect the nation from attacks to America’s information and critical infrastructure systems.

“The president has to put this first on his list because we are very vulnerable, and we will stay vulnerable until some key things get fixed. So far, I have not seen anywhere near enough commitment from the White House or any place else in getting this done,” said R. James Woolsey, who served as director of the Central Intelligence in the Clinton administration. Woolsey is now chairman of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies.

The concern is rising again after reports last week that as many as 14 million current and former federal employees had their personal data compromised. That news follows numerous reports of alleged Chinese and Russian infiltration into various government networks.

“I think we’ve seen the beginning, but there will be more,” Woolsey said. “We have not done a half-way decent job as a government or a society in protecting our infrastructure that’s part of the Internet.”

Woolsey sees multiple reasons for why security has not been a higher priority.

“There’s a certain kind of flower children [mentality of], ‘Hey, what could possibly go wrong? We’re all going to talk to one another, and won’t that be great?’” Woolsey said.

“The government has not taken nearly enough care with security. They always put it at the bottom of the list and say, ‘We’ve got to have a check mark beside security. Somebody go hire a firewall.’ The ablest, best, smartest and shrewdest people have not been paying attention to security for the grid, and we’re starting to pay the price.”

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