It may be asked: what the chances are of a cyber attack occurring that literally destroys the infrastructure of America? The chances are very high, taking into consideration the factor that President Obama has made a promise to take cyber security seriously, which was said in his campaign. There are two specific bills in the Senate which are currently being reviewed by the committee.
They both happen to be a specific part of the Cyber security Act of 2009. These bills provide the White House with new powers and go as far as them being able to shut down the traffic on the Internet if and when a "cyber emergency"occurs. A detailed and complicated cyber security review would need to take place, every four years. This would not only provide a threat and vulnerability assessment but would also monitor the progress which was made.
The bills are S773 and S778.The description for bill S773 is: "A bill to ensure the continued free flow of commerce within the United States and with its global trading partners through secure cyber communications, to provide for the continued development and exploitation of the Internet and intranet communications for such purposes, to provide for the development of a cadre of information technology specialists to improve and maintain effective cyber security defenses against disruption, and for other purposes".The description for bill S778 is: "A bill to establish, within the Executive Office of the President, the Office of National Cyber security Advisor."Full texts for both are not available at this present point in time.
The bill would perform tasks similar to what the US_CERT is doing at the moment. There would need to be a Cyber security advisory panel set up with the primary purpose of advising the advisor as well as the President. The bill also gives the Secretary of Commerce access to all data on public or private networks. This is without any regard at all for any laws restricting such access. This could cause an extreme conflict of interest futuristically.
Should we expect a big cyber attack to occur on America's infrastructure? Bringing down an infrastructure as big as this is every sophisticated hacker's big dream. Will these hackers achieve their big dream? Only time will tell. It can thus be quoted in conclusion: "However, another great vulnerability our country faces is the threat to our private sector critical infrastructure -- banking, utilities, air/rail/auto traffic control, telecommunications- from disruptive cyber attacks that could literally shut down our way of life. The increasingly connected nature of our lives only amplifies our vulnerability to cyber attacks and we must act now"-Jay Rockefeller