Cyber Looms as Top National Security Threat, DNI Says

Cybersecurity threats have risen to the top of the nation’s national security concerns, according to U.S. Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats, who spoke at the Billington CyberSecurity Summit on Sept. 13.

“What keeps me up at night now is the wide diversity of threats that we have from all across the world, including the ever-expanding list of cyber threats,” Coats said. “It’s clear that cybersecurity has become one of the most important priorities for the director of national intelligence and the intelligence community. Among the many threats that we discuss on an almost daily basis, cyber threats have risen to almost the top for a couple reasons.”

Coats explained that the reason for this rise is that cyber adversaries are becoming increasingly assertive and capable, theft and espionage attacks could cause major damage to networks, adversaries are targeting the integrity of U.S. data,

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