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Sasse says US urgently needs cyber strategy as lives are at risk

Author: Don Walton | Lincoln Journal Star / Source:

YORK — Sen. Ben Sasse sounded the alarm Thursday about the rapidly increasing threat of cyberattacks, arguing that “we have no cyber strategy (and) are radically unprepared” for attacks by nation-states, terrorists and crime networks.

The United States needs to “develop an offensive and defensive doctrine” that responds to the current and growing threat, Sasse said.

“We should see ourselves in war,” he told the York Rotary Club in a speech designed to help cast a spotlight on the growing urgency of the threat and argue for prompt national action.

“People are going to die” as a result of cyberattacks, Sasse said, pointing as an example to last May’s coordinated WannaCry ransomware attacks in 150 countries that held medical records in Britain’s National Health Service hospitals hostage, endangering patients’ lives.

Sasse, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said he enters “a classified bunker” in Washington every morning that the Senate is in session and…

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