Despite having some policies in place, the U.S. government is largely unprepared for a large-scale cyberattack, though the white hat hacker community could help it identify weak points and harden security.
“No,” said Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., when asked during the Def Con “Hacking Congress” panel whether the government was well-positioned to fend off attackers. “Cyber in the federal government is pretty messed up.”
While processes to respond to cyberattacks were put together under President Obama, it hasn’t been tested, said Rep. Jim Langevin, D-R.I., who pointed out that the government was caught off guard with Russia’s meddling in the U.S. presidential election. Langevin noted an uptick in cyber spending and “planning for war games.”
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