Critical Infrastructure Security, Threat Management

Cyber threats part of new warfare faced by US

The U.S. has been noted by Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas to be facing "a new kind of warfare," consisting of cybersecurity threats that have made national and homeland security more interconnected than ever, CyberScoop reports. Advanced technologies, political and economic instability, and globalization have eased cyber threats against critical infrastructure, local governments, schools, hospitals, and small businesses, said Mayorkas at a Center for Strategic and International Studies event. "With a keystroke, our adversaries can disrupt power or water to a small city, mine troves of Americans personal data or steal intellectual property. The means by which we address the myriad of cyberattacks which are growing in number and gravity are linked to our role and responsibilities on the global stage," Mayorkas said. Mayorkas also touted the National Security Strategy issued by the Biden administration. "As the threats have evolved, the historical distinction between homeland security and national security challenges has blurred and the role of DHS has grown accordingly," Mayorkas added.

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