The US needs improved cybersecurity policies if it is going to catch up with the practices in the rest of the world, Sen. Mark Warner said on Friday, saying the government has failed to recognize the seriousness of the situation. The Virginia Democrat, who serves as vice chairman on the Senate Select Intelligence Committee, said US cybersecurity fails to provide adequate protection of critical infrastructure or guard against the dissemination of disinformation online. He made the comments in a keynote address at the Center for a New American Security in Washington, DC. Cyberattacks and disinformation campaigns have presented a growing threat for governments around the globe with hackers causing billions of dollars in damages online. Last year, the Russian military’s NotPetya attack caused more than $10 billion in damages and wiped out computers at huge companies like shipping giant Maersk and delivery specialist FedEx. Foreign propaganda remains a growing problem on social media with companies such as Facebook continually uncovering disinformation campaigns that originate in Iran, Russia and other countries. In his speech, Warner said these attacks will only get worse unless US policy develops to grow with it. He proposed a new US cyber doctrine and suggested an international agreement on standards in cyberattacks and security. “Countries like Russia are increasingly merging traditional cyberattacks with information operations. This emerging brand of hybrid cyberwarfare exploits our greatest strengths — our openness and free flow of ideas,” Warner said. “Unfortunately, we are just now waking up to it.” He also criticized the… [Read full story]
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