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High-ranking Congresswoman calls for improved cyber security defenses

SUBNET Solutions Inc | Wednesday, August 10, 2011

The security giant McAfee recently released a report that summarizes the results of a cyber security attack that hit a myriad of businesses and government agencies around the world. According to a published report, U.S. public officials were exceedingly spooked by the report's dire findings, prompting them to work to overhaul cyber security measures.

Reuters reports that Representative Mary Bono Mach, the chairwoman of the House Commerce subcommittee charged with overseeing cyber security initiatives, said this week that she was alarmed by McAfee's newly released report.

After poring over data collected over five years McAfee researchers concluded that hackers had successfully infiltrated the computer defenses of a number of U.S. government agencies, as well as businesses operating across many industries, including utilities. 

Industry experts have long called for improved critical infrastructure protection (CIP) protocols, and the report served to bolster their assertions, according to experts.

After reading the report, Bono Mack requested a briefing with McAfee's researchers, according to the news provider. Bono Mack has pushed for improved cyber security protocols and she is hoping to work with cyber security experts as her team develops improved safety measures.

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