Sony hacking shows need for cyber laws, Dempsey says

| January 16, 2015 | 1 Comment
Dempsey

Dempsey

Amaani Lyle
DOD News, Defense Media Activity

 

WASHINGTON — The recent hacking of Sony Pictures, which the U.S. government has blamed on North Korea, demonstrates a need for new cyber legislation, championed for two years, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said, Sunday.

Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey said the hacking incident didn’t teach him anything new.

“It’s actually confirmed what I’ve been saying. Two years ago, I actually participated — and I’d like to think in some way led with Gen. Keith Alexander at the time — (in) the National Security Agency directive: an effort to get cyber legislation passed to account for two things that are vulnerabilities in our ability to protect ourselves in cyber,” the chairman said.

Alexander was NSA director at the time.

 

Need for standards, information sharing

“One is some level of standards, cyber standards,” Dempsey continued. “And the other was information sharing — the ability of the government and (the private sector) to share information about attacks, whether it’s the signatures of attacks or the actual occurrence of attacks. And we didn’t succeed two years ago.”

Cyber can be incredibly destructive and disruptive, the general said, with potential to disable critical infrastructure, which could lead to loss of life. Though the United States generally enjoys a significant military advantage, he added, that’s not the case in the cyber domain.

“We don’t have an advantage,” he said. “It’s a level playing field, and that makes this chairman very uncomfortable.”

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