Gibson said she agreed with FBI Director Christopher Wray’s testimony earlier this week that the ransomware threat has “many parallels” to 9/11.
Gibson, the Served in the military for 33 years and was a senior intelligence officer for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, replacing Michael Stenger, who resigned after the January 6 uprising. Gibson helped with a post-riot security clearance.
Gibson told CNN that she has a strong cybersecurity team but still considers it more important than another siege of the Capitol.
“Members have sensitive information that they don’t necessarily want to divulge that may be in documents. Much of what we do is public. And that’s the way it should be, ”said Gibson. “But I would be concerned about … nation-state actors or others who might try to really cripple the functioning of the government by locking down cyber communication networks.”
President Joe Biden proposed $ 750 million for federal cybersecurity following the SolarWinds attack. Mid-May, Biden issue an implementing ordinance The federal government’s cybersecurity overhauled, and the White House has urged private companies to invest more in cybersecurity measures, with a significant portion of key infrastructure controlled by the private sector.
“The incident in the Colonial Pipeline is a reminder that federal measures alone are not enough,” the White House said in May.