Cyberattacks are estimated to grow and are known to produce disastrous results when sensitive information is stolen. These attacks have a huge negative impact on the country's economy and threaten U.S. national security. The lack of public awareness on cybersecurity comes from a small portion of information being made to the public by government departments.
The Cybersecurity Public Awareness Act of 2011 emphasizes the need for unclassified cyber reports to the public. It would require the Department of Homeland Security and the Defense Department to submit reports on any major cyber incidents, aggregate statistics of breaches targeting networks, executive agencies and defense departments. The attorney general and director of the FBI would also have to submit reports on investigations and prosecutions related to the cyber crime.