News | January 23, 2012

Michael Chertoff of EWI Board Pushes Action on Cybersecurity

EastWest Institute Board Member and former U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff sent a letter to leaders in Congress emphasizing the need for swift action on cybersecurity, Bloomberg reported.

Writing with former Secretary of Defense William Perry and six other former security officials, Chertoff called for action to secure infrastructure.

According to Bloomberg, the letter read in part:

"The present cyber risk is shocking and unacceptable. Control system vulnerabilities threaten power plants and the critical infrastructure they support, from dams to hospitals. …

"Congress must act to ensure that appropriate tools, authorities and resources are available to the executive branch agencies, as well as private sector entities, that are responsible for our nation’s cybersecurity."

In October 2012, EWI will hold the Third Worldwide Cybersecurity Summit in New Delhi to advance breakthroughs on thus far intractable policy issues that reach across national and sectoral divides.