McCaul in Austin talks defense from cyber attacks

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by HEATHER KOVAR / KVUE News and photojournalist DENNIS THOMAS

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Posted on August 22, 2013 at 6:20 PM

Updated Thursday, Aug 22 at 6:40 PM

AUSTIN -- Congressman Michael McCaul is back home in Austin talking about the growing threat of cyber-attacks. The Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee met with security professionals and experts about the risk to our infrastructure and businesses.

To strengthen our defenses, Congressman McCaul's committee is working on a solution to draft legislation to work with the private sector, to allow them to share threat information without liability.

He spoke with members of Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) as well as  volunteers from InfraGard, a collaboration for National Infrastructure protection. InfraGard provides communication between companies and the FBI.

McCaul says "Everything is tied to the internet."

One click of a keyboard should shut down life as we know it in a cyber warfare attack. Drinking and waste water. Dams, information technologies -- the power grid and other critical infrastructure are at risk according to Homeland Security.

Congressman McCaul says, "I'm very concerned about our energy sector. As we look at Texas, in the energy produced out of Texas and supplied to the nation, that's certainly in the bull's eye as it applies to a cyber attack. As are our banks here in Austin."

 

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