Taking the Cyberattack Threat Seriously

Writing in the Wall Street Journal, President Barack Obama makes an argument for the passage of cybersecurity legislation. 

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In a piece for the Wall Street Journal, President Barack Obama makes an argument for the passage of cybersecurity legislation. 

Last month I convened an emergency meeting of my cabinet and top homeland security, intelligence and defense officials. Across the country trains had derailed, including one carrying industrial chemicals that exploded into a toxic cloud. Water treatment plants in several states had shut down, contaminating drinking water and causing Americans to fall ill.

Our nation, it appeared, was under cyber attack ...

Fortunately, last month's scenario was just a simulation—an exercise to test how well federal, state and local governments and the private sector can work together in a crisis. But it was a sobering reminder that the cyber threat to our nation is one of the most serious economic and national security challenges we face.

Today we can see the cyber threat to the networks upon which so much of our modern American lives depend. We have the opportunity -- and the responsibility—to take action now and stay a step ahead of our adversaries. For the sake of our national and economic security, I urge the Senate to pass the Cybersecurity Act of 2012 and Congress to send me comprehensive legislation so I can sign it into law.

It's time to strengthen our defenses against this growing danger.

Read President Barack Obama's entire piece at the Wall Street Journal.

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