Huckabee: Threat of Cyber Attack Is Very Real, Very Frightening
On “Huckabee” last night, former Executive Assistant Director of the FBI and noted cybersecurity expert Shawn Henry said that the cyber threat facing America is really no different from any other threat our country faces.
“This is just another tool that our adversaries can use against us," Henry said. "Everything that we do, the very DNA of our companies, of our government is manufactured online, it's stored online, it’s transmitted online. And it is all completely vulnerable to our adversaries."
He explained that for hundreds of years, our enemies have been other countries or giant corporations who had great capabilities.
In the modern world, Henry pointed out, a person with a $500 laptop and an Internet connection can reach out and touch the U.S. government and U.S. companies.
“There are 1.3 billion people around the world who have that type of capability, so the barrier of entry is very low and the impact is substantial,” Henry said.
"The amount of damage that these people can do is absolutely tremendous, in terms of attacks against our national security, as well as our economic security," he added.
Huckabee said that we tend to think our government’s information is secure, but Henry explained that our most sophisticated enemies can easily get around firewalls and access our networks.
“The impact against our U.S. companies that are losing intellectual property, research and development to the tune of billions of dollars is happening every single day,” Henry said.
Huckabee concluded, "I think it is very real, very frightening, and I don't think a lot of Americans stop to think about it."
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