Imminent Threat or Status Quo?

[Reuters] Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano warned on Thursday that a major cyber attack is a looming threat and could have the same sort of impact as last year's Superstorm Sandy, which knocked out electricity in a large swathe of the Northeast. [hr]

Divining issues that have actual governmental backing vice sound bites is simple: are they offering to spend money? In the past three sessions of Congress cybersecurity legislation has gone nowhere, and in the current economic climate CNCI II is a non-starter. A so-called "cyber 9/11" is always "imminent," its just that security is always trumped by other interests until its too late. We need well-thought-out and reasoned action now, because if such an attack ever did take place, the political pendulum will swing so far to one side we won't recognize life online (TSA on the 'Net anyone?).