Starting in May of 2017, the WannaCry ransomware attack caused a huge amount of damage. It attacks unpatched versions of Microsoft Windows, using an exploit allegedly developed by the United States NSA (National Security Agency) and then leaked by a group calling themselves “The Shadow Brokers.”
“We’re in a pre-9/11 moment,” warned Mike Wallace, a member of the National Infrastructure Advisory Council (NIAC), at the White House on August 22.
Wallace is the co-chair of a NIAC working group that recently presented a report to senior Administration officials. Their findings warn that the U.S. is not ready to cope with large scale attacks aimed at the U.S. power grid, communications systems, and other critical infrastructure.
The report and its recommendations aim at action, according to Wallace. “We don’t want this report put on a shelf…We’re at a point where important progress needs to be made.”
For more information about the NIAC report and the state of American infrastructure cyber security, read the full article on FCW.