Annual Threat Assessment of the US Intelligence Community

This year's annual threat assessment Director of National Intelligence (DNI) reported that the United States confronts a dangerous combination of known and unknown vulnerabilities, strong and rapidly expanding adversary capabilities, and a lack of comprehensive threat awareness. Malicious cyber activity is occurring on an unprecedented scale with extraordinary sophistication and is confronted by threats that are both more targeted and more serious. New cyber security approaches must be developed, tested, and implemented to respond to these new threats.

The assessment stated that threats to the information networks of the United States come from nation-states, criminals and terrorist groups have expressed a desire to use cyber means to target the United States.

Today, cyber criminals are operating mature on-line service capabilities, which are available to anyone willing to pay. These criminals are operating globally and are having widespread impact on banking and credit card fraud which is having serious impact on economic and financial systems.

Originally posted at InfusionPoints Blogs