An MIT Department is warning that the U.S. could be crippled by one type of cyber attack.
The digital systems that control America's electricity grid, oil and gas pipelines, and other critical infrastructure are extremely vulnerable to hackers, according to a new report by MIT's Internet Policy Research Initiative.
There is a way to protect against it, however, and the researchers are calling on President Trump to take action. The report notes that 85% of U.S. critical infrastructure is privately owned so the Trump administration could offer tax breaks to companies that improve their security. The document says that would make investing in more secure hardware financially valuable to businesses. It also calls for a mandatory minimum security standard for critical infrastructure components.
The researchers have scathing criticism for past presidents and their lack of action. They say over the last 25 years presidents from both parties have paid “lip service to the topic while doing little about it, leading to a series of short-term fixes they liken to a losing game of Whac-a-Mole.”Source: MIT