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Senate Sergeant: More concerned about cyberattack than repeat on Jan 6th Jan



Gibson said she agreed with FBI Director Christopher Wray’s testimony earlier this week that the ransomware threat has “many parallels” to 9/11.

Gibson, the Served in the military for 33 years and was a senior intelligence officer for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, replacing Michael Stenger, who resigned after the January 6 uprising. Jennifer Hemingway took on the role meanwhile before Gibson took the job. Gibson helped with a post-riot security clearance.

Gibson told CNN that she has a strong cybersecurity team but still sees it as more important than another siege of the Capitol.

“Members have sensitive information that they don’t necessarily want to divulge that may be in documents. Much of what we do is public. And that’s the way it should be, ”said Gibson. “But I would be concerned about … nation-state actors or others who might try to really cripple the functioning of the government by locking down cyber communication networks.”

President Joe Biden proposed $ 750 million for federal cybersecurity following the SolarWinds attack. Mid-May, Biden issue an implementing ordinance The federal government’s cybersecurity overhauled, and the White House has urged private companies to invest more in cybersecurity measures, with a significant portion of key infrastructure controlled by the private sector.

“The incident in the Colonial Pipeline is a reminder that federal measures alone are not enough,” the White House said in May. The White House said the attack on the meat processing company JBS was carried out by a “criminal organization based in Russia.”

Following the January 6 attack, many in Congress have now agreed to remove the fences around the Capitol, but the Capitol Police Department is ultimately making the call.

In April, Gibson told NPR that it supports security reform as well as public access to the Capitol.

“We could keep the three mile long barbed wire and National Guard fence in place,” Gibson said. “But that misses the point of making the Volkshaus available and making it accessible to voters, enabling school classes and tourists to come and, frankly, marvel at the beauty and history of this building.”

During the January 6 uprising, pro-Trump rioters broke into the Senate Chamber in the deadly attack.

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