VIRGINIA BEACH, Va (WVEC)-- Joining forces in the battle against cyber terrorism, today, business leaders, college professors and local office holders came together for the first-ever Cyber Security Business Roundtable in Virginia Beach.
The gahtering coming in the midst of disturbing reports of major vulnerabilities in the nation's, and the military's power grids. First was a USA Today-Gannett report that found that the nation's power grid is subject once every four days to a physical or cyber attack. Then came a GAO report which found that US military bases' utility infrastructures are "vulnerable to cyber incidents that could degrade operations and negatively impact missions."
"It just goes on and on," said Mark Klett, founder of military subcontractor Klett Consulting, Inc. "Every day, every agency, the Department of Defense gets a knock on the door, someone is trying to get in an do something," he said.
Klett's company provides combat systems on the new aircraft carriers being built, new commanding control systems for the Navy and new program management support for the Homeland Security Department.
He helped organize the first-ever Cyber Security Businssness Roundtable in Virginia Beach--bringing together cyber experts from private industry, government and higher education.
Dr. Jonathan Graham is a computer science professor at Norfolk State University's Cyber Security Center. "I'm concerned because the USA is doing their part," he said. "They're working very hard., Lot of really smart people out there looking for solutions. But the other nations are also working very hard. Once there's an opportunity there's always someone trying to take advantage of it."
State lawmakers on hand, said cyber attacks are a clear and present danger. "We were concerned that the next war would be economic," said Del. Glenn Davis (R-Virginia Beach). "Well in reality the threat really is cyber."
Del Ron Villanueva (R-Virginia Beach) agreed. "We're just starting out and we need to get more aggressive, and that's why we're meeting today, to get more agressive and finding solutions., he said.
Klett siad the roundtable would meet again in two to three months