U.S. Representative Ed Royce (R-Calif.), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, questioned witnesses on our nation’s readiness to defend against foreign cyber-attacks at today’s House Financial Services Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee hearing entitled “A Global Perspective on Cyber Threats.”
Rep. Royce began his time by posing a “short but complicated question,” asking the witnesses, “What constitutes an act of war in cyberspace?”
“If it does affect our national and economic security, and it’s driven by a nation state actor, Article 5 could be triggered. For example in a NATO context, if Russia engaged in a computer network attack against Lithuania, that doesn’t have to be a military attack, it can also be on civilian infrastructures,” responded Mr. Frank J. Cilluffo, director of The George Washington University’s Center for Cyber and Homeland Security.
“Who in the Administration decides what is an act of cyberwar, or cyberterrorism, or cyber vandalism as the President called that Sony act… who makes that decision in terms of differentiating how we designate one of these assaults?” continued Rep. Royce.
“From what I’ve seen, it’s the President’s call,” answered Mr. Richard Bejtlich, Chief Security Strategist at FireEye, Inc.
“Are we at that point where we need to consider this …read more
Source:: U.S. Rep. Ed Royce