Ex-Intelligence Chief McConnell Fears Major Cyber Attack

Former National Intelligence Director Adm. Mike McConnell (now at Booz Allen Hamilton) notes in this interview at Techonomy’s recent Data Security Lab that our democracy has traditionally made decisions and developed legislation in reaction to events. That is unwise now, though, he says, if we wait until a major cyber event before imposing regulations to demand good cyber practices from business. Sadly, though, he suspects that we won’t act until such an event happens.

Former National Intelligence Director Adm. Mike McConnell (now at Booz Allen Hamilton) notes in this interview at Techonomy’s recent Data Security Lab that our democracy has traditionally made decisions and developed legislation in reaction to events. That is unwise now, though, he says, if we wait until a major cyber event before imposing regulations to demand good cyber practices from business. Sadly, though, he suspects that we won’t act until such an event happens. But McConnell told Techonomy CEO David Kirkpatrick at our recent Data Security Lab that a cyber attack on American infrastructure like the utility grid in the heat of summer or the cold of winter could be devastating to people and to our economy. Nonetheless, he expects industry’s knee-jerk response will be to resist regulation that could prevent such a disaster.

To watch part one of this interview, click here.

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