Bay Area Council supports feds’ ‘Perfect Citizen’ program 

Local leaders are jumping on board the federal government’s recent announcement to crack down on Internet assaults on private companies, which threaten government business and the economy.

Last week, the federal government said that it is launching a new program, dubbed “Perfect Citizen,” aimed to detect online assaults on private companies and government agencies running critical infrastructure such as the electricity grid and nuclear power plants. The program will deploy a set of sensors in the computer networks of America’s most critical infrastructure sites, which would be triggered by unusual activity suggesting an impending online attack, according to the Bay Area Council.

This fits in perfectly with the Bay Area Council’s work over the past year to address the increasing risk and cost of Web-based attacks; the council formed a Cyber Security Committee — consisting mainly of CIO and CISO-level professionals from our member companies — that takes policy priorities to elected officials to Sacramento and Washington, D.C.

“Cyberattacks pose a very real and very expensive threat to our government, businesses and economy,” Bay Area Council President and CEO Jim Wunderman said. “As the United States relies more and more on the Internet and broadband technology, we need to do everything in our power to prevent hackers and cyberterrorists from gaining access to our critical infrastructure.”

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