According to National Nuclear Security Administration head Thomas D’Agostino, the agency has to deal with up to 10 million “significant cyber security events” daily – That’s a huge big number. “They’re from other countries’ [governments], but we also get fairly sophisticated non-state actors as well,” he said. “The [nuclear] labs are under constant attack, the Department of Energy is under constant attack.”
“Of the security significant events, less than one hundredth of a percent can be categorized as successful attacks against the Nuclear Security Enterprise computing infrastructure,” D’Agostino admits — which puts the maximum number at about 1,000 daily. The agency wants to developed an “incident response center” responsible for identifying and mitigating cyber security attacks and would like to beef up its cybersecurity budget from about $126 million in 2012 to about $155 million in 2013.
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