Former National Security Agency chief Keith Alexander warned during a new interview that the United States is unprepared against potential cyberattacks from Russia and China.
“Both Russia and China are challenging us in this space, and it’s shown that we’re not ready,” he told ABC’s Martha Raddatz, according to the Washington Examiner.
“I think the executive order has some part of it, [but] we have to go faster. In my experience, the private sector is ready, they’re pushing forward.”
President Joe Biden signed an executive order in March to address the growing threats against American cybersecurity. The action represents one part of an expanded response necessary to protect the nation against future attacks.
The recent Colonial Pipeline shutdown reveals the dangerous connection between online attacks and offline concerns. The hack left more than 6,000 gas stations without fuel, leading to a crisis in several southeastern states.
Last year, a Russian SolarWinds hack targeted more than 150 American and international organizations through an email account of the U.S. Agency for International Development.
“The Russian hackers are clearly after gaining intelligence on our country, on what the administration is doing, what President Biden is thinking and what’s coming up against Russia as they prepare for the upcoming talks between President Biden and Putin,” Alexander told Raddatz.
Cybersecurity continues to stand as a growing need in the defense of America’s freedom. Alexander’s comments note some positive efforts are in development, but much more must be done to protect the nation.