Army General Keith Alexander, National Security Agency director and Central Security Service chief said the U.S. lacking in cybersecurity infrastructure and overall protection, American Forces Press Service reports.
The General said on a ten-point scale, the U.S is at a three in terms of defending against cyber attacks and that improved readiness would put the U.S. at a critical advantage on a global scale.
“The key is having a defensible capability that can survive that first onslaught,” Alexander said.
He also rallied for new cyber legislation which would enable private industry and the federal government to work more closely by improving information sharing efforts while enabling the Homeland Security Department to play a more intricate role in setting performance standards for network industries, according to AFPS.
“Get cyber legislation in there, bring industry and government together,” he added.
Additional concerns included securing mobile technology and providing cybersecurity awareness for individuals who didn’t grow up in the Internet age, AFPS reports