The Obama administration has failed to do the necessary when it comes to cyber war, and Department of Homeland Security has “done nothing“ about cyber threats to the critical infrastructure, according to former counterterrorism czar in the Clinton and Bush administrations.
Addressing the Cyber Conflict Studies Association in Washington, D.C., Richard Clarke, who currently chairs Good Harbor Consulting, LLC, criticized the administration and its lack of action in cyber defense.
The Obama administration was quick to respond to claims of inadequate cybersecurity efforts. One administration official was quoted in The Wall Street Journal as saying: “The Obama administration is very focused on this. The president has designated [cybersecurity] as a strategic national asset.“
Among other shortcomings, Clarke said the DHS’ cybersecurity programs are underfunded and the department has “done nothing“ about cyber threats to critical infrastructure. He added that the administration“™s failure to engage citizens on cybersecurity matters is dangerous, and history suggests the government is prone to make mistakes when it refuses to openly communicate with the public about its activities.
The administration official countered that the agencies responsible for cybersecurity have been staffing up quickly, and DHS has created SWAT teams to respond to cyber attacks impacting the critical infrastructure.
In the coming weeks, DHS is going to kick off an exercise to test its new response plan for cyber attacks, which the official called “a playbook for everybody to work from,“ WSJ reported.